Maha Shivratri is celebrated with devotion in the religious honor of Lord Shiva, one of the divinities of Hindu trinity that falls on the 14th night of the new moon in the Phalguna month. All the Lord Shiva temples are decorated with lights and priests perform special Shivaratri Poojas, worships, and yagas. Book a journey of life-changing experience and achieve devotional calmness through Maharashtra Jyotirlinga tour package on this special occasion of Maha Shivratri in 2020.
Origin and Significance of Maha Shivarathri:
According to the Puranas, during the tremendous churning of the ocean called Samudra Manthan, a pot of poison has arrived from the ocean. The gods & demons yelled with fear as it could destroy the entire world. They believed that Shiva is the only esthetic god who could help them, so they urged Lord Shiva and prayed to him for help. As he is the supreme god, he drank the fatal poison and clenched it in his throat without swallowing. This turned his throat into a blue color and since then he came to be known as “Nilkanta”. This auspicious day is celebrated as Maha Shivarathri as the gratitude of Lord Shiva for saving the world.
According to some Puranas, Maha Shivaratri is also believed to be a night Shiva married Parvathi or Shakthi (the symbol of love, fertility & prosperity).
Shivarathri is one of the most auspicious days for women. Married women pray for the wellbeing of their families and while unmarried women worship Lord Shiva for an ideal husband. It is believed that whoever utters the name of Shiva during Maha Shivaratri will be free from all sins. Many people perform Shivratri fast on this day. Some consume fruits, milk, and liquids as a part of the Shivratri fast. Devotees of Shiva stay awake all night and perform Shivaratri bhajan and chants the name of Shiva as the belief of devotion would bring them a sense of peace. Bathing the Shiva linga with the holy water of Ganga and offering milk, honey and bel Patra and further on applying vermilion paste represents the virtue, achieving the knowledge and satisfaction of great desires.
Spiritual visit to Jyotirlingas in this Maha Shivaratri 2020:
Lord Shiva is considered as the soul of the universe. It is believed that Maha Shivaratri is a time for deep rest for the body, mind, and ego to awaken a devotee to the highest knowledge of the Shiva Tattva. People from not only India but also from around the world worship Lord Shiva on Maha Shivaratri. Fill your soul with spiritual vibes by visiting Panch jyotirlingas in this Maha Shivaratri in 2020 and experience the real spirit of India by choosing the best Maharashtra Jyotirlinga tour package. Not only in India, but people from all around the world also take up this Panch Jyotirlinga yatra tour with a spiritual heart and devotion.
Jyotirlingas are considered as the spiritual shrines where Lord shiva appeared to have a powerful and fierce beam of light. Jyotirlinga shrines are scattered all around India. Each Jyotirlinga has its different manifestations of Lord Shiva and carries its significance. Joshi Tours, the best travel agency in Varanasi provide the best Panch Jyotirlinga tour with the best Maharashtra jyotirlinga tour packages. Here are some Jyotirlinga manifestations involved in our package:
Grishneshwar is divine heaven for the Shiva devotees. It is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva located in the Verul village which lies 20km from Daulatabad. Grishneshwar temple was reconstructed by Ahilyabai Holkar who also held the construction of Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.
According to the Shivpuran, on Devagiri mountain lived a Brahmin called Brahmavetta Sudharam with his wife Sudeha. As the couple was childless, Sudeha decided to marry her sister Ghushma to her husband. On her sister’s advice, Ghushma used to make 101 lingas and discharge in the nearby lake to have a baby. With the blessings of Lord Shiva, Gushma gave birth to a baby boy. With the birth of a baby boy, Sudeha felt jealous and killed her sister’s son. With the news of her son’s death, Ghushma and Sudharam did not make a move. And started the daily ritual prayers and discharged the shiva linga in the river. With her unconditional devotion, Lord Shiva appeared to her and gave her son back. As the wish of Ghushma, Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of Jyotirlinga. On the occasion of Shivaratri, the Maha Pooja is held at midnight, besides a large number of devotees appear for the Shivratri Pooja.
Bhimashankar Temple is located in the ghat region of the Sahyadri hills in the village of Bhuvanagiri near Pune in Maharashtra. According to Puranas, the evil Bhima was defeated in this place by the Lord Shiva to save the world. As a remembrance of Lord Shiva, this place is known as the Bhimashankar. It is the best time to visit Bhimashankar temple on this Maha Shivarathri as the grand festivities are offered by the temple.
The structure of Bhimashankar temple takes back to the 18th century and the architecture is designed in the Nagara style. It is said that Shivaji the great ruler carry out worship services in the temple. Celebrate this auspicious festival and experience the spiritual pleasure in this Maha Shivarathri 2020 by choosing the best Panch Jyotirlinga tour package.
Trimbakeshwar is a sacred manifestation signifying the Supreme Shiva. The temple sustains three lingams representing Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. The lingas are covered by a jeweled crown every day and placed on the Tridev (Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar). It is believed that the crown is from the age of Pandavas and contains emeralds, diamonds and many precious stones. The temple sustains beautiful architecture and sculpture with the construction of black stone and is located at the foothills of the mountain called Brahmagiri from which three sources of Godavari originated from the Brahmagiri mountain. According to Puranas, Gauthama worshipped Lord Shiva to bring the Ganges. Lord Shiva was pleased with the worship of Gautham and gave him the Ganges.
Visit this spiritual site on this occasion of Shivaratri and be pleased to worship three gods through the best Panch Jyotirlinga tour package and return your home with spiritual essence. We also provide the best Varanasi tour packages and drench yourself in the divinity of Lord Shiva.