Bangalore celebrates Mahashivaratri with religious fervour
Maha Shivaratri festival is celebrated in full splendor in Bangalore. Shivaratri is considered especially auspicious for women.
Maha Shivaratri is the festival celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Maagha . The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, all day fasting and an all night long vigil.
On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, most people fast all the day abiding by a popular belief that they will get a husband like Lord Shiva. Shivaratri is considered especially auspicious for women. While married women pray for the well being of their husband’s, it is believed that unmarried women can pray for a husband like Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the ideal husband.
As a PR employee Nivedita Ghosh says, “India is a country with countless festivals. We not only celebrate each and every festival but also observe some of them religiously. Maha Shivratri is yet another day that we dedicate to Lord Shiva. There is another popular belief that a girl who observes a fast on this day and worships Lord Shiva will get a husband like the deity in life. This was a fascination for me too since childhood but now I relate this day more to my religious belief rather than just a celebration,”
She adds, “It is also a day that I consider extremely holy and religious. It is widely celebrated in the country among all age groups. So it has never been oblivious from our rich culture.” On the other hand, Prajna Jagadeesh, a resident of Jayanagar, says, “It’s basically a faith among religious people and people have made it habit over time. Usually, people fast on this day and don’t eat any food and offer pooja to Lord Shiva in the evening. But, I don’t celebrate it every year.”
During Shivaratri, women devotees carry pots (kalasa) filled with milk towards Angala Parameshwari temple in Bangalore. To mark Shivratri, worshippers wake up at around 4 am and take a ritual bath. After wearing fresh new clothes devotees visit the nearest Shiva temple to grace the Shiva Lingum with milk, honey, water.
Shivaratri events In the city
1) Ramana Maharshi Centre for Learning holds a Sivarathri cultural festival – bhajans by Radha and students of Japamalasara, Sanjayanagar. Time: 6.30 pm.
2) Sharana Sangama holds Tribal music by Ganeshan Govindaswamy, Nrithya
Roopaka “Bhoo Kailasa,” by Surya Arts International Foundation, BBMP
Grounds, Jayanagar in front of Telephone Exchange. Time: 5 pm onwards.