Mahashivratri: The Great Night of Shiva

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Mahashivratri – the very name evokes a sense of reverence and anticipation. It’s that time of year when devotees across India come together to celebrate the Grace of Lord Shiva. But what makes this night so special? Let’s dive into the mystical world of Mahashivratri.

Date and Significance

  • When: Mahashivratri usually falls during the dark half of the month of Phalguna (which translates to February or March). This year Mahashivratri night of Shiva will be celebrated on March 8, 2024.
  • Why: On this sacred night, the cosmic energies align in a way that creates a powerful surge within us. It’s like plugging into the universal power socket! Lord Shiva, the Adi Guru (First Guru), becomes our guiding light.

Preparation and Rituals

  • Purification: Begin the day with a refreshing bath – not just to cleanse the body but also to purify the soul.
  • Setting the Scene: Create a serene puja space at home. Arrange flowers, leaves, and a Shiva Linga or an idol of Lord Shiva.
  • The Sacred Vow: Take a solemn resolution to observe Mahashivratri. It’s like signing a spiritual contract with the cosmos.
  • Abhishek: The central ritual involves bathing the Shiva Linga with water, milk, honey, and ghee. Imagine Shiva smiling as you pour these offerings!
  • Bel Leaves: Offer bel (bilva) leaves – they’re like devotional notes addressed to Lord Shiva.
  • Chants and Prayers: Recite mantras like “Om Namah Shivaya.” Let the vibrations resonate within you.
  • Stay Awake: Stay awake and keep your spine vertical throughout the night. It’s like an all-nighter with the divine.

Timing and Prahars

  • Mahashivratri extends from evening till sunrise. It’s divided into four “prahars”:
    • First Prahar: Sunset to late night.
    • Second Prahar: Late night to midnight.
    • Third Prahar: Midnight to early morning.
    • Fourth Prahar: Early morning to sunrise.
  • Midnight: The cosmic energy peaks. It’s the sweet spot for your spiritual endeavors.

Symbolism and Blessings

  • Union: Mahashivratri symbolizes the union of consciousness (Shiva) and energy (Shakti).
  • Seeking Blessings: Devotees pray for spiritual growth, overcoming challenges, and liberation (moksha).

Mahashivratri at Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore

  • Where: The Isha Yoga Center in the serene Velliangiri Foothills, Coimbatore, comes alive on Mahashivratri.
  • What to Expect:
    • Explosive Meditations: Sadhguru leads us into deep meditative states. It’s like diving into the ocean of consciousness.
    • Musical Magic: Renowned artists create soul-stirring melodies. The air vibrates with devotion.
    • Adiyogi Divya Darshanam: Witness the origin of Yoga through a powerful video show.
    • Energized Rudraksha: Take home Rudraksha beads charged by Sadhguru himself.
  • Why Attend: Here, Shiva’s cosmic dance feels closer than ever. It’s a night of transformation
  • How to attend: You can attend the celebrations Of Mahashivratri in person by visiting Isha Yoga Center, through live webstream, and on major TV channels.

Customization and Local Flavor

  • Variations: Rituals may differ based on local customs. Seek guidance from priests or elders.
  • Your Journey: Whether at the Isha Yoga Center or in your own home, let your heart guide you.


Mahashivratri invites us to awaken, transcend limitations, and experience the boundless grace of Shiva. May this exuberant night be a transformative journey for you!

Note: If you’re near Coimbatore, don’t miss the Mahashivratri celebrations at the Isha Yoga Center. It’s a night you’ll carry in your heart forever.

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