Mahashivaratri is no small affair of celebration and devotion. Having deities world over it hold various beliefs, myths and method of serving offerings during worship on the day. Mahashivaratri is not only a ritual but also a cosmic definition of the Hindu universe. It dispels ignorance, emanates the light of knowledge, makes one aware of the universe, ushers in the spring after the cold and dry winter, and invokes the supreme power to take cognizance of the beings that were created by him. How is Mahashivaratri celebrated world over and how amazing their beliefs are, let’s find out.
Every year on Maha Shivratri, Ganga Talao comes to life with vibrant processions and activities which pay a generous ode to the favourite God of the island, Shiva. It is believed by Mauritian folklore that the water of the Grand Bassin, or Ganga Talao, springs from the water of River Jahnvi, thus making it a part of Ganga and one of the holiest places in this island country. Every year, Hindus in Mauritius start a journey on foot to reach the Talao, which is deep in a forest in the district of Savanne.
The biggest statue on the island of Mauritius happens to be a 108 feet statue of Shiva, at the Ganga Talao. Such is the reverence for the God, even away from India!
In Chandranath Dham at Chittagong, the Hindu population of the country throngs to offer prayers to Lord Shiva, on the night of Maha Shivratri. Hindus invoke the mighty God to pray for a good partner in their lives, and make offerings out of love and gratitude.
With a large Hindu population, Nepal has some of the best temples and shrines in the world. Being a close extension of the Indian Himalayas, Nepal is another country where Mahesh is worshipped in all his pride and glory. The Pashupatinath Temple of Nepal is one of the holiest shrines of Shiva, where he is also revered as one of the founding fathers of Yoga Vidya. It is believed that the night of Maha Shivratri brings about a difference in the energy of the human body and a common belief is that staying awake on Maha Shivratri makes a difference in an individual’s perception of the world. Several song and dance rituals are observed in the Pashupatinath Temple premises, and women pray to the Mahadev for marital happiness and bliss.
This one is a no-brainer. With 12 governments of states and Union territories announcing official holidays on Maha Shivratri, which is often perceived as the God’s wedding anniversary, this day is a big deal for most Hindus. India has 12 Jyotirlingas, which are auspicious shrines to worship the deity. It is believed that it was in these temples that Shiva appeared as a blinding ray of light to settle a dispute between Brahma and Vishnu on who was the father of all creation.
A Very Happy Mahashivratri to all.