Celebrating Maha Shivaratri Festival at Budhanath Temple
Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti. We celebrated this festival Maha Shivaratri every year in the moth of February or march. This year we are celebration it on the 1st day of march. According to Hindu calendar, the festival comes on the month of falguna this year. Once the festival over the summer season will arrive or start here. Today we are celebrating this festival. According to the Hindu mythology tells how Lord remarried to Mata Pravati. On this day lord Mahadev (Loed Shiva) and his love Parvati got married. On the behalf of Lord Shiva and Shakti marriage day, we celebrated festival Maha Shivratri every year. We can say that, it is the marriage anniversary of legend Shiva and Shakti.
Today, we wake up early before sun rise. In India before sunrise time is called the Brahma Muhurta. After waking up, we do the bath and wear the clean clothes. Then go to the nearest Lord Shiva Temple for doing the Sankalpa of full day for dedication and devotion towards lord Shiva. Then we do sankalpa for giving some rice and water in the lord shiva palm. We also offered some belapatra, coconut water, dhatura flower, fresh cow milk, honey, ghee, sugar doing shiva puja. Also we are chanting with “Om Namaha Shivay” several times in the day. After that we do fasting throughout entire day from sunrise to sunset. If required some devotee only eat the fruits or some lassi. We break our fast after end of the Shiva Chaturdashi Tithi for getting maximum benefit of Vrat. the Vrat only finished when the "Mahadeep" will go to the top of the temple. The timing of the go up the Mahadeep will be around 10 PM at night. After that we should break our fast.
Today Morning me and my wife Rasmita went to the village Lord Shiva temple called “Sri Budhanath Temple” for offering the Shankalpa and Puja to Lord Shiva. We both are did Shankalpa and puja to lord shiva at Budhanath Temple.
Sri Budhanath Temple is a 11th century heritage temple built by King Chodaganga Dev of Somvansi dynasty, It is more than 1000 years of old temple and almost 200 years older than Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar, This temple is near to our village and 20 kilometer distance from Bhubanewar International Airport and Bhubaneswar Railway Station also.
Budhanatha Temple, Garedipanchan, Bhubaneswar, India
The Main entrance gate of the Budhanath Temple
My wife Rasmita is standing with some lady devotee in a queue for entering inside the Temple for offering the Puja to Lord Budhanatha Mahaprabhu
Broken parts of the temple
The photo of the Priest (Milu nana), he is helping devotees to do puja inside the temple
This is the temple kitchen, for preparation of Mahaprasad for offering bhoga to lord Budhanatha Mahaprabhu. They are used chulla for preparation of Mahaprasad inside the kitchen
This is the picture of Chulla used for preparation of Mahaprasad
Devotees are offering to Diya to lord Budhanatha Mahaprabhu
Night view of the temple
The Mahadeep was carried by priest on the Top of the temple. You can see the light of Mahadeep Top of the temple
Now we can break our fasting after mahadeep reached in the top of the temple. today mahadeep is reached by temple head priest at 10:40PM in Indian Standard Time.
I have uploaded the video of this festival Maha Shivaratri. Please go through the video, you will get more details about the Temple. I hope you like this video. please share your views also.
Thank you very much my friends..