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“Make Mahashivratri Magical: Perform These 4 Rituals for Shiva’s Abundant Blessings

Masik Shivratri 2023 October Puja Muhurat: A Night to Honor Lord Shiva

In Hinduism, several dates hold special significance, and one such date is the Chaturdashi Tithi of the Krishna Paksha of every month. This day is dedicated to Lord Shiva, known as Masik Shivratri. Today, we celebrate the Masik Shivratri during the Pitru Paksha in the Ashwin month, and this year, it carries particular importance due to the alignment of auspicious yogas. Performing the Shiva puja with proper rituals on this day is believed to bring happiness and prosperity into one’s life as Lord Shiva is said to dispel all troubles and adversities.

The Auspicious Yoga on Masik Shivratri

As per the Panchang, the Chaturdashi Tithi of the Krishna Paksha in the Ashwin month begins on the night of October 12th, 2023, at 07:54 and lasts until the night of October 13th, 2023, at 09:51. Since the Masik Shivratri vrat involves a night-long puja, this year, the vrat will be observed on October 12th, 2023, Thursday. Additionally, today’s celestial alignment is graced by the presence of the Purva Phalguni and Uttara Phalguni Nakshatras, along with two auspicious yogas, Gand and Matang. Shukla Yoga and Brahma Yoga are also forming, making this day even more propitious.

Performing the Masik Shivratri Puja

To make the most of Masik Shivratri, start your day with an early morning bath. If possible, observe a fast and take a sankalp (vow) for the vrat and puja. If fasting throughout the day is challenging, you can opt for falahar (eating fruits). Then, in the evening during the auspicious muhurat, light a lamp with pure ghee and perform abhishek (ritual bath) of the Shivalinga with the five sacred substances: milk, curd, honey, ghee, and pure water. Offer Lord Shiva abir, gulal, roli, bilva leaves, datura, bhang, and banana, and don’t forget to conclude the puja with an aarti. It is believed that by performing these rituals, Lord Shiva fulfills all the desires of his devotees.

A Glimpse into the Aarti of Lord Shiva

The aarti of Lord Shiva is a melodious way to express devotion and gratitude. The verses of the aarti resonate with the divine energy and power of Lord Shiva. Here’s a glimpse of the aarti:

Jai Shiv Onkara, Om Jai Shiv Onkara,
Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv, Arddhangi Dhaara,
Om Jai Shiv Onkara.

Ekanan Chaturanan Panchanan Raaje,
Hansanan Garudaasan Vrishavaahan Saaje,
Om Jai Shiv Onkara.

Do Bhuj Chaar Chaturbhuj Das Bhuj Ati Sohe,
Trigun Roop Nirakhta Tribhuvan Jan Mohe,
Om Jai Shiv Onkara.

Akshamaala Vanamaala Runndaamala Dhaari,
Chandan Mrigmad Sohe Bhaale Shashidhaari,
Om Jai Shiv Onkara.

Shwetaambar Peetaambar Baaghambar Ange,
Sanakaadik Garunaadik Bhootaadik Sange,
Om Jai Shiv Onkara.

Karke Madhya Kamandalu Chakr Trishul Dharta,
Jagkarta Jagbhartaa Jagsanhartaakarta,
Om Jai Shiv Onkara.

Brahma Vishnu Sadaashiv Jaanat Aviveka,
Pranavaakshar Madhye Ye Teenon Eka,
Om Jai Shiv Onkara.

Kaashi Mein Vishwanath Viraajat Nandi Brahmanchaari,
Nit Uthi Bhog Lagavat Mahimaa Ati Bhaari,
Om Jai Shiv Onkara.

Trigun Shivji Ki Aarti Jo Koi Nar Gaave,
Kahat Shivaanand Swaami Manavaanchhit Phal Paave,
Om Jai Shiv Onkara.

Conclusion

Masik Shivratri holds a special place in the hearts of Lord Shiva’s devotees. This year’s celebration, coinciding with a conjunction of auspicious yogas, offers a unique opportunity to strengthen your connection with the divine. By following the rituals and performing the aarti with devotion, you can seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and bring prosperity to your life