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Mahashivratri Mela to Commence at Shiv Mandir Kathgarh in Himachal Pradesh on February 12




Maha Shivratri for the year 2018 will be celebrated or observed on Wednesday, February 14. It is an important Hindu festival and is celebrated across the country with utmost dedication towards Lord Shiva. A seven-day international fair is held at Mandi town in Himachal Pradesh called the Mandi Shivaratri Fair. It is attended by a large number of gods and goddesses and gives Mandi town the title of ‘Varanasi of the Hills’. This year, the week-long fair begins on February 15. Additionally, preparations for the auspicious Maha Shivratri Mahotsav have also begun at Shiv Mandir Kathgarh. The festive preparations are being overlooked by the Prabandh Karini Sabha.



This year, security has been beefed up. Several CCTV cameras have been installed. A request to keep the shops selling alcohol shut has also been raised. The proposal has been sent to the government. The festival will be kickstarted by Benarasai Lal Mehta, Subhash Sharma, Ganesh Dutt Sharma, Yogendra Pal Bharadwaj, among others, on February 12. Rajesh Thakur will be the chief guest on February 14. Shiv Mandir Kathgarh is one of the very famous temples in Himachal Pradesh. It is a temple of Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati and is situated 7 Kilometers from Indora on the meeting point of the Beas and the Choch rivers.

The temple is built in Roman architectural style with two Lingas of light grey Sandy stone of 6’ and 4’-7” in height. The temple has a large ‘Shivaling’, which is vertically split into two parts. Reportedly, the distance between two parts keeps increasing and decreasing from time to time. While the larger portion is worshipped as Lord Shiva, the second one is worshipped as Mata Parvati. The two parts separate in Summer and unite during winter, on Maha Shivratri day. Every year, Shivratri Fair is held at Shiv Mandir Kathgarh on a grand scale. Thousands of devotees come here to pay their obeisance to Lord Shiva
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There are several popular stories on this temple. One of the myths states that once, ‘Lord Vishnu’ and ‘Lord Brahma’ were engaged in a battle to decide supremacy. To stop the warring Gods ‘Lord Shiva’ intervened in the form of a fire pillar and made the warring Gods stop the battle. The large “Shivaling” at Kathgarh is believed to be from the same fire pillar. Another story states that in the Indian epic ‘Ramayana’ – king ‘Bharat’, the brother of lordLorda, used to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva at this pillar on his way to meet his grandparents in Kashmir. Interestingly, the temple also has a Greek connection. The Linga is about the size of a human above the floor. It is believed that same length is buried under the floor. Folklore suggests that it could be one of the statues of Apollo, which Alexander the great built and worshipped on high platforms to mark the spot from where he retreated.

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Mahashivratri 2017: Significance, Importance and History of Shivratri, the festival of Lord ShivaMahashivratri is one of the most important Hindu festivals of the year. This auspicious festival is celebrated to honour the Hindu God Shiva.

Mahashivratri is one of the most important Hindu festivals of the year. This auspicious festival is celebrated to honour the Hindu God Shiva. Hence, Mahashivratri is termed as the ‘Great Night of Shiva’. Mahashivratri 2017 falls on February 24. The festival is celebrated on the 13th night and 14th day of the Hindu month of Phalgun. On this day, devotees chant prayers and observe a rigorous fast to seek divine blessings of Lord Shiva. Mahashivratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati. It is said that on this day, Lord Shiva saved the world from a pot of poison that emerged from the ocean during Samudra Manthan. (When is Mahashivratri 2017: Date, Muhurat, Puja Vidhi, Fasting & Auspicious timings of Shivratri)

According to Hindu scriptures, devotees who worship Lord Shiva on the night of Mahashivratri will have their wishes fulfilled. Hence, devotees perform special puja on this day, giving a sacred bath to the Lord and offering fruits, flowers and bel leaves. The Lord’s bhakts chant various shlokas and mantras all night and break their fast on the next morning of Mahashivratri by consuming prasad. (Maha Shivaratri 2017: Know the Puja Muhurat, Puja Vidhi & auspicious timings to perform Shiva Puja)

1. Traditions, rituals and customs of Mahashivratri:

On Mahashivratri, pilgrims and sadhus visit the famous Pashupatinath Temple to observe the festival. Women, both married and unmarried, perform special puja for Goddess Parvati. The goddess is also known as Gaura, the giver of ′suhag′ or lasting matrimony to a woman. Females worship Parvati and pray for being blessed with good husbands and a long, happy married life. On Mahashivratri, many devotees observe fast and chant ‘Shivji ki Jai’ in Hindi and ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ in Sanskrit. They later celebrate Mahashivratri by drinking thandai, which is made up of bhang (cannabis), almonds and milk. It is said that Lord Shiva liked this drink and devotees take it in the form of prasad along with sweets.

2. Mythology behind Mahashivratri:


According to ancient legends, Mahashivratri marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is also believed that on the night of Mahashivratri, Lord Shiva performed the Tandava dance. On this day, Lord Shiva saved the world from a pot of poison that emerged from the ocean during Samudra Manthan, by drinking it.

3. The Mahashivratri Fast


On Mahashivratri, devotees observe fast in the name of Lord Shiva to seek divine blessings. Shiva Purana said that if a devotee observes Shivratri Vrata or fast with utmost devotion and sincerity, then Lord Shiva will grant them benefits. On this day, devotees observe fast and only consume fruits and milk. The entire day they worship Lord Shiva and later on boil water with black sesame seeds. It is said that this traditional ritual washes all impurities.
On the auspicious day of Mahashivratri, we wish each and everyone a very Happy Mahashivratri. May Lord Shiva bless you with good health and happiness. Om Namah Shivay!

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