Maha Shivaratri or Shivratri is celebrated on the chaturdashi (14th day) of Krishna paksha (the full moon to new moon cycle) in the month of Magha. In the Gregorian calendar, it falls on the 4th of March this year.
Many eons ago, when creation itself was young, Brahma and Vishnu pondered on who the starting point of all creations was. Who was the Purusha - He who is capable of creation and of standing outside of it? As they looked for the answer, there appeared before them, a dazzling pillar of light. This light extended beyond their vision. Now, looking at this light and realizing that it was the parabrahman, the supreme being, Vishnu and Brahma were curious to know the beginning and end of this light. Brahma took the form of a swan and flew upwards, trying to find the beginning. Vishnu took the form of a boar and dug under, trying to find the end. They both tried very hard and returned defeated. Vishnu accepted that He could not find the feet of the light. Brahma, however, lied and proclaimed that he had found the head. For this lie, Brahma was punished and till today, Brahma is not the main deity in temples.
The day that Shiva showed Himself as this grandiose orb of light is celebrated as Shivaratri. In showing His majestic splendor, He demonstrated that He was omnipresent, with no beginning or end.
On this Maha Shivaratri day, let us sing the praises of our Shiva. He is easily pleased by true devotion or Bhakti. We have here, Shiva Stuti that has beautiful slokas on Shiva.
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In our day to day lives, we express our bhakti (devotion) by reciting slokas in praise of Bhagavan. Slokas explain to us the philosophy of dharma. We believe that the power of reciting any sloka is enhanced when one understands the meaning of the verse in the correct context. In this series, we bring you well researched meaning of the verses to start your journey towards the goal of understanding the slokas.