Today is Mahashivaratri

February 16, 2007

Sphatika Chandramoulishwara Linga at Sringeri
Photo: RK

The self radiant moon which characterises the spotless Sphatika Chandramoulishwara Linga in Sringeri is a phenomenon not to be seen anywhere else. It is held that this Linga was brought from Kailasa and given to Sri  Adi Shankaracharya by lord Vishweshwara at Kashi. The very deep devotion which the Acharyas show to this Linga is indicative of its worth. It is always kept in the personal custody of the Acharya. 

The common thread of thought in the religious beliefs of the Indian subcontinent upholds a single Reality (as in absolute monoism) and holds in reverence each of the several manifestation of the Ultimate Reality in the forms of Gods. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are revered as the Supreme Trinity of multitude of manifestations of Divinity. It is said that all that is true, all that is good and all that is beautiful is God (Satyam Shivam Sundaram).

Shiva is referred to as ‘the good one’ or the ‘auspicious one’. Shiva – Rudra is considered to be the destroyer of evil and sorrow. Shiva – Shankara is the doer of good. Shiva is ‘Trinetra’ or three eyed, and is ‘Neelakanta’ –  blue necked (having consumed poison to save the world from destruction. Shiva – Nataraja is the Divine Cosmic Dancer. Shiva – Ardhanareeswara is both man and woman.

He is both static and dynamic and is both creator and destroyer. He is the oldest and the youngest, he is the eternal youth as well as the infant. He is the source of fertility in all living beings. He has gentle as well as fierce forms. Shiva is the greatest of renouncer as well as the ideal lover. He destroys evil and protects good. He bestows prosperity on worshipers although he is austere. He is omnipresent and resides in everyone as pure consciousness.

Shiva is inseparable from Shakti – Parvati the daughter of Himavaan – Haimavati. There is no Shiva without Shakti and no Shakti without Shiva, the two are one – or the absolute state of being – consciousness and bliss.

The five mantras that constitute Shiva’s body are Sadyojaata, Vaamadeva, Aghora, Tatpurusha and Eesaana. Eesaana is Shiva not visible to the human eye, Sadyojaata is Shiva realized in his basic reality (as in the element earth, in the sense of smell, in the power of procreation and in the mind). The Vishnudharmottara Purana of the 6th century BC assigns a face and an element  to each of the above mantras. (Sadyojaata – earth, Vaamadeva – water, Aghora – fire, Tatpurusha – air and Eesaana – space). The names of the deified faces with their elements are Mahadeva (earth), Bhairava (fire), Nandi (air), Uma (water) and Sadasiva (space).  Panchamukha Lingas have been seen from the 2nd century onwards.

The works of sages Vyasa, Vasishta, Patanjali, the poet Kalidasa, the tamil saints, tantric philosophers, the spiritual leaders Adi Sankaracharya, Basavanna and Appayya Deekshitar speak of the attributes of Shiva.

The non anthropomorphic Linga form of Shiva is what is held in reverence in  temples all over the sub continent. The Linga is a symbol. It is a symbol of that which is invisible yet omnipresent. It is hence a visible symbol of the Ultimate Reality which is present in us (and in all objects of creation).

The Shivalinga denotes the primeval energy of the Creator. It is believed that at the end of all creation, during the great deluge, all of the different aspects of God find a resting place in the Linga; Brahma is absorbed into the right, Vishnu to the left and Gayatri into the heart.

(Thankful to my friend Usha for letting us know about the Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Darshana LIVE telecast today in ETV Kannada from 11 pm onwards.)

Mahashivrathri celebrations in Bangalore today:
Jayanagar Cultural and Civic Association, 33rd Cross, 9th Main, 4th Block, Jayanagar, 7 p.m.

Ramakrishna Vivekananda Sadhana Kendra, Gayathri Layout, Basavanapura Road, Devasandra, K.R. Puram, 4 p.m.

Nagalingeshwara Swamy Temple and Shiva Sai Mandir, Government Office premises, Ananda Rao Circle, 4.30 p.m.

Jagajyothi Basaveshwara Prarthana Kendra, next to telephone exchange, Vijaynagar, 8.30 p.m.

Meditation by Arogya Mandir Trust, 148, 1st `R’ Block, near ISCKON Temple, Rajajinagar, 6.30 p.m.

Nimishambha Devi Temple Trust, 93, 12th Street, Ideal Home Township, Rajarajeshwarinagar Phase 1, 6 p.m.

Prayers, Shiva Mandir, Airport Road, 6 a.m.

Mahayaga Kshetra Gayathri Temple, Yeshwanthpur, 6.30 p.m.

Karana, 313, 6th Main Road, below Bank of India , Siddaiah Puranik Road, Basaveshwaranagar, 7 p.m.

Kolada Matha Mahasamsthana, H. Siddaiah Road, 6 p.m.

Anandalingeshwara Kshetra Trust, Cholanayakanahalli, R.T. Nagar Post, from 3 a.m.

Sitaram Mandir, Gangagdhara Chetty Road, next to RBANMS College, 5.30 a.m.

Shalini Ground, 11th Main, 5th Block, Jayanagar, 8 a.m.

Shankar Math, Basavanagudi, 9 a.m.

Manjunathaswamy Temple, Mysore Bank Colony, 5 p.m.

Mahadeshwaraswamy Temple, 50 Ft. Road, BSK 1st Stage, 5 p.m.

Shivashankaraswamy Temple, Basavanagudi, Gandhi Bazaar, 5 p.m.

Shivabhaktha Bedarakanappa Temple, Bull Temple Road, 5 p.m.

Srikanteshwara Temple, Srikanteshwara Nagar, BSK 3rd Stage, 5 p.m.

Kashivishveshwara Ganapathi Temple, Thyagarajanagar 3rd Phase, 5 p.m.

Channakeshwara Shivashankara Temple, Shankarmath Road, Basavanagudi, 5 p.m.

Umamaheswara Temple, Doddakallsandra, 5 p.m.

Kanakeshwara Temple, Kanakanapalya, 5 p.m.

Nage Habba, Malleswaram Ground, 6.30 p.m.

Sripadakshetra, 1, 4th Cross, 4th Phase, Dollars Scheme, J.P. Nagar, 6 a.m.

Sai Samaj, 377, Sai Baba Mandir Road, Someswarapuram, Ulsoor, 4.30 p.m.

Prasanna Ganapathi Devalaya premises, Amarjyothinagar, Nagarbhavi Main Road, 6 p.m.

Shivabalayogi Ashram, 1/A, J.P. Nagar, phase 3, 8.30 a.m.

Sai Darshan, Sai Geethanjali, J.P. Nagar, Brindavan, Whitefield, 6 p.m.

(Courtesy: The Hindu)


14 Responses to “Today is Mahashivaratri”

  1. praneshachar Says:

    Happy Maha Shivarathri to all
    Bellur one more master piece from you. right post at the right time is your speciality. keep it going. may lord shiva bless you and your family plenty of prosperity good health and all you wish.
    May lord shiva bless everyone here in this blog and everyone in general

  2. M O H A N Says:

    Om namah shivayah!

    Greetings to one and all. Great post on the right time.

  3. Usha Says:

    Thanx Bellur for a informative post

    Today in ETV from 11 pm onwards dwadasha jyotirlinga darshanam live telecast idhe, i think this is the first time that such an event is being telecasted. Cheers to technology… i immediately thought of my grandmom who wanted so much to viist these temples in her life time couldnt make it for whatsoever reasons, alli tanaka hogokke tondre irovrige ee telecast snthosha kodutte.

    Vaagarthaviva samprukthou vaagartha prathipattaye
    Jagathah pitarau vande parvathi parameshwarou.

  4. TSSM Says:

    Dear RK,
    Thanks for the information.

    Lord Shiva is ‘Gangadhara’ and ” maha yogi”

    The contribution of Allamaprabhu, Akka Mahadevi and other shiva sharanaru/sharaneyaru is immense. Their devotion to the Lord Shiva is worthy of emulation.

    May the Lord Shiva bless all of you.

  5. Diya Says:

    Very informative Bellur….Thanx for the same..And may the Lord shower his blessings on all…

  6. Pushpa Says:


    A very informative write-up. Thanks for sharing. Also, there is a musical concert today from Dr. Balamuralikrishna at NMKRV college grounds. I am not too sure how many of you guys are going..



  7. usha Says:


    Its from advaitha trust , its a ticketed concert 250,500,1000

    slabs starts at 6.30 pm

    may not go since his choice of kruthi’s are unpredictable 🙂

  8. Srik Says:

    Happy Shivaratri to you 🙂

    Shiva means Sundara. Shiva means Satya. Shiva means Mangala.

    One who does good, does good and thinks good is close to be a Shiva. Today is a celebration of all that is good and Gay.

    Apt post and a gr8 info there Bellur.

    BTW, next episode of the Mega serial( 😉 ) is up on my blog.

  9. Sanjay M Says:

    Great post RK, I forwarded it to many! Good listing of programmes as well, guess many of them will go on all night jaagaraNe… Nage Habba (laughter festival) will be good as this post says Jokes -Way to God! 😀

  10. Pushpa Says:

    Houdu Usha. Advaitha avre prathi sarthi organize maadodu.. and most of the times, it’s in fort high school.. but this time in NMKRV college. Have heard that acoustics and other infrasructure of this hall is very good antha…

  11. usha Says:

    Had been to MangaLa mantapa for 2 concerts pushpa seating arrangment is not that great, its better tha any other college auditoriums, the leading one in the area is JSS auditorium in 8th blk jayanagar, it has very comfortable setting.

    Even though the advaith concerts are interesting … the ticket slabs didnt attract me 😀 this time, earlier they had priced it @50 (I atteded few of them last time)

  12. praneshachar Says:

    dwadasha jothirlinga darshana on ETV was fantastic even though I could not see at night but it was being shown in morning 5am also so I could see. also they showed kotilingeshwara near kolar appears to be a great place it is also called bhokailasa. very good show on ETV
    I think ETV will outclass all others in this shows
    jagarane madidavaru yaru avara anubhavagalannu tilisi

  13. Sanjay M Says:

    correction: title of the post should’ve been TONIGHT! Just pulling your leg its ok 😉

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