The festival of Maha Shivaratri in the year 2014 will fall on February 27. Power and blessings of Lord Shiva will help the human being to overcome the negativity in their life.
MAHA SHIVARATRI 2014 MUHURAT
According to the ancient Vedic text, Shivaratri occurs on the corresponding night of the fourteenth day, of the lunar calendar every month. The Shivaratri of the Magha month is known as Maha Shivaratri.
Devotees observe the fast of Maha Shivaratri on this day. It is regarded as either Trayodashi or Chaturdashi. But the fact that should be kept must be that the night on which fast is observed must be of Chaturdashi Tithi.
On this day devotees observe fast and eat only one time in the day. They worship Lord Shiva in the night of Chaturdashi. On the next day, the devotees worship lord Shiva and keep fast.
So, on Maha Shivratri in year 2014, devotees should eat once in the day on 27 February 2014. This is because Chaturdashi is beginning on the same day. Shiaratri occurs on the mid night of Chaturdashi, so 28 February will be full day fast.
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CELEBRATION OF MAHA SHIVARATRI IN 2014
The festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated by offering certain things like Bael leaves to the idol of Lord Shiva. This traditional celebration is celebrated by observing fast on the entire day.
According to the Hindu Mythology, the festival of Maha Shivaratri indicates the wedding of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. However, a number of people believe that Lord Shiva performed ‘Tandava Nritya’ on this day.
Celebration of Maha Shivaratri begins with the sunrise and lasts until the next morning. On this auspicious day, devotees visit Shiva temple and offer their prayers. This celebration of Maha Shivaratri is considered as the sign of dedication and spiritual passion. It is believed that people who observe fast on this day gets relieved from the circle of life and death.
The prayers to the Shiva Lingam are carried out by the priest of the temple. This needs to be repeated around every three to four hours a day. On this day, devotees chant the Shiva Mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ for the entire duration of this event.
SIGNIFICANCE OF MAHA SHIVARATRI FAST IN 2014
According to the Hindu Mythology, observing fast on the day of Maha Shivaratri is considered as the most powerful fast among the other entire fast. Tamas Guna, which signifies quality of inertia and the Rajas Guna, which signifies the quality of passionate activities are the two natural forces that bother humans.
With the Maha Shivaratri fast person gets the ability to take control on both of these. It is believed that if a person worships Lord Shiva with utmost devotion and dedication, his actions are controlled and the negative thoughts are eliminated. The person gets free from the negativity occurring from the ‘Tamas Guna’ on the day of Shivaratri.
This ritual of observing fast on the day of Maha Shivaratri is considered as the most auspicious. If a person observes fast on this day, he/she gets blessed with the divine grace of Lord Shiva. Most people take atoledo fruit and milk diet on this day. However, there are some people who even do not drink water on this day. You do not need to be confused about the diet to be followed on this day. Just remember to take the oath of observing fast with full dedication and devotion.
The most essential part of offering prayer to Lord Shiva on the day of Maha Shivaratri is bathing of Shiva Lingam. Devotees bathe the Shiva Lingam with Milk, Honey, Sugar, Water, Black Sesame seeds, Ganga Jal and some fresh flowers. After done with this, they apply Sandalwood paste (Chandan Tilak) on the Lingam. The Shiva Pujan ends by reciting the Shiva Katha and doing parikrama.
MAHA SHIVARATRI KATHA/LEGEND
There are many legends associated with the Shivaratri. However, the legend of churning the ocean is regarded as the most important. So, the story of this popular legend goes as follows –
The churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan was performed to bring Amrit out of the ocean. Mount Meru or Mandrachal was used as a rod to churn the ocean. King of Serpents, Vasuki performed the role of rope to churn the mountain. To get the mandrachal stabilized Lord Vishnu took the Matasya incarnation and took the weight of the mountain of his back. Demons and Demigods performed the Samudra Manthan and several things came out of the ocean bed.
One of the lethal things that came out was poison. Seeing this demons and demigods got extremely terrified as the poison was strong enough to contaminate entire ocean. In order to save the world, Lord Shiva consumed the poison and kept it in his throat. As a result their neck turned blue and they were named as ‘Neel Kanth’.
This is the legend of Samudra Manthan and contribution of Lord Shiva in saving the world.
This is it for the auspicious festival of Maha Shivaratri 2014. Utilize the information to make the best out of the Maha Shivaratri festival 2014.
On 28th February, 2014 Venus will be transiting to the zodiac sign Capricorn. Venus is considered to be friendly planet of Saturn and will be joining the retrograde Mercury. This transition will affect the various zodiac signs in a different manner.
The problems may be faced in the personal life. Some of the results may also get delayed. The problems from the children side may also be faced. Domestic life should be paid attention. It is advised not to get involved in any type of speculations. The planet Venus and Saturn will be joining hands.
During this period you will be involved in religious activities. The digestive problem may arise, so be careful with your stomach. The long travels are also foreseen. This transition will give the name and fame which will increase the value in the society.
This transition will make you to earn wealth from the opponents. The confidence level needs to be maintained properly. Avoid dual nature, as this can harm your personality.
The professional life will give you benefits that will make the work front to go smooth. The benefits will also be achieved from the spouse and family. It is advised to take care of the health as the major health issues can arrive.
Venus transit will help you to make lot of money, but at the same time there will be a lot of expenses. The health needs to be cared a lot as there are health problems on the card. Investments in the real estate and on the immovable objects will be done.
Beginning will be good but at the later point of time some problems may arise. There will be some losses and delays, but the interests in arts, music and romance will increase and the Virgo’s in these fields will make their benefits.
The name and fame is there on the cards and will make you to achieve the goals that you desire. You will make new contacts that will help you in the professional work front. There will be some setbacks at the later phase of life.
Some troubles will be faced as the ascendant Lord will get afflicted. This transition will not be favorable for you. The new contacts will be developed and there will be many friends who will help out during this transition.
Venus will be transiting to the second house, known as the house of money, even though Venus is the ruler of 6th and 11th house. But, you will not be benefited much on the financial front. For the time being you will earn name and fame but not the money. You will not be able to achieve big things but small things will be achieved.
This transition will help you to find your love as Love is in the air. Married couple will spend time together which will make their love eternal. The inclination towards the human nature will not be much.
The transit will force you to change the residence or the office location. This transition will make you to spend on useless things. You will go against the society which will make your social life to go down.
Monetary gains, name and fame will be achieved. This transition will prove to be a very good time for you. Short trips are on the cards. Gains from unexpected places are possible. It is advised not to eat outside as this can harm your health.
The Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be auspicious for the Hindu communities. It is also known as Akha Teej. This festival falls in the month of Vaishakha during Shukla Paksha Tritiya. Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be more auspicious when it falls on Wednesday with Rohini Nakshatra. This year Akshaya Tritiya will be celebrated on 2nd May, 2014. According to the Hindu Traditions Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be significant day for performing Punya Karya. It is also believed that on this day Sage Vyasa began composition of Mahabharata.
On Akshaya Tritiya people worship the incarnations of Lord Vishnu and also perform the Lakshmi Puja in order to get peace and wealth in life. On this day people also purchase gold or make investments in gold as this can bring wealth and prosperity in the near future. The work Akshaya itself means never diminishing hence all the things done on this day never diminish and remain with the devotees forever. The success and fortune is also brought into the life of devotees who worship the God with pure soul and heart. According to Hindu mythology, treat Yuga began on this day. The Akshaya Tritiya does not require any specific Muharat as this day is considered to be free from all the malefic effects.
The day of Akshaya Tritiya is very beneficial as on this day people start new ventures like business, construction etc so that the prosperity and betterment is achieved. This day is also considered to be the day of wisdom. Anything started on this day will always bring good fortune and it will increase in a good amount. Charity is also considered to be auspicious on this day, as donating something will give in return a large amount. There are some specific things that are being given in charity like feeding to poor people, cow and calf, hand fans, umbrellas, gold, land and water. People also do the wedding on this day as it is believed that marriages on this day will make the couples to understand each other feelings and will cover a long journey together. Children born on this day or in the month when Akshaya Tritiya falls are considered to be very lucky and are bright in the studies. This festival is also related to the story of Lord Krishna and his friend Sudama. This festival is celebrated only by the Hindus and the Jains and therefore there is no public holiday on this day.
The most auspicious Mahurat for Akshaya Tritiya is 05:43 A.M. to 12:03 P.M.
The festival of Dhanteras is celebrated two days prior of Diwali festival. People celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm, devotion and prosperity. This festival is celebrated in Maharashtra, Northern India and in Gujarat. This festival is dedicated to Lord Dhanvantari who is the doctor of all the Gods. The important ritual that is being performed on this day is the Lakshmi Puja done in the evening. There are no particular rituals followed on this day as the manner in which this festival is celebrated varies from region to region.
On this day people purchase or do shopping of the gold or silver things. This day is considered to be very favorable for all the new purchases or investments done. On this day people lit the first lamps of the Diwali festival. Lanterns are being decorated and are sold in the market to indicate the arrival of the Diwali festival.
This festival brings the bonding between the families and the spiritual knowledge is also gained. People gather at their ancestral homes and greet each other with great enthusiasm and prosperity. Parents and grandparents remain very excited as they get the chance to meet their children and grandchildren’s. During this occasion people make different type food or snacks, do the lightning in the whole house, draw the rangolis, prepare the sweets and then exchange with the family members or friends. In the evening aarti is performed and the devotional songs or shlokas are recited in order to make Goddess Lakshmi happy so that she can arrive at home and fill the home with wealth and prosperity. In the evening doors are kept open so that Goddess can arrive and can stay at the home.
The word Dhanteras is made up of two words – “Dhan” which means wealth and the “Teras” which means the thirteenth day. In the North region of India, it is a custom to buy precious metals like gold and silver utensils in order to maintain wealth and prosperity in their whole life. They also consider these shopping as the sign of good fortune. In other regions of India, people take bath early morning and wear new clothes and keep fasts for the whole day. In the evening, they do Puja and serve the Prasad to the family members.
This year the Dhanteras will fall on 21st October, 2014 and the good Mahurat to do the Dhanters Puja is from 19:04 P.M. to 20:15 P.M. On Dhanteras the best time to do the Lakshmi Puja is during the Pradosh Kaal when Sthir Lagna prevails. Puja done during this time will make the Goddess to stay in the house.
Bhanu Saptami is celebrated to worship Lord Sun. This year Lord Sun will bestow their worshippers on 23 March 2014, 06 April 2014, 3 and 17 August 2014 and 28th December 2014. According to Hindu astrology the Lord Sun is considered to be the important God and therefore all the rituals are carried out in a very proper manner. This day is also known as Vivaswat Saptami. It is traditionally believed that on this day Lord Sun took birth and appeared on the chariot of seven horses. Mahaabhishek is performed when the first sun rays are seen. In India, there is only one temple Navgraha mandir where the Lord Sun is worshipped. On this day people also recite the Surya stotras and Aditya hridyam in order to make Lord Sun happy so that Lord Sun gives his blessings to all his devotees. This Saptami is celebrated in the South and some parts of the West region of India. On this day, fasts are also being kept for different purposes like women keep fasts on this day to attain knowledge and virtues, widow women keep fasts on this day so that they do not get the same widow life in next birth. It is also believed that individuals who take bath in the pure river like Gangas during the sun rise will never get poor in his whole life.
Before the sun is dawn, people take bath in river so that they get pure and then worship Lord Sun. Women also draw rangolis on this day in front of the gate of their houses in order to welcome the rays of the Sun. The rangoli is being drawn in the four corners of the house and in the middle the cow dung is burnt. It is believed that one should boil the milk in the earthen vessel facing the sun as it reaches to the Sun directly. After that the kheer made up of wheat and 12 heaps of grains is being offered to Lord Sun. Afterwards, the grains are being offered to Brahamins and the blessings are taken from them.
There are various benefits of Bhanu Saptami Puja. The Lord Sun bestows there devotees with good health, pure mind, pure heart and pure soul for lifetime. The Brahamins who do the puja for Lord Sun becomes celestial when they die. Women attain knowledge and virtues when Lord Sun is worshipped.
Mantras that needs to be recited during the worship of Lord Sun are :
- Om Mitraya Namah
- Om Ravya Namah
- Om Surya Namah
- Om Bhanve Namah
- Om Khagaye Namah
- Om Pushde Namah
- Om Hrniyagrbhaya
- Om Marichay Namah
- Om Adityay namah
- Om Savitre Namah
- Om Akarya Namah
- Om Bhaskraya Namah
- Om Shriswit Suryanarayana Namah
The Chaitra Navratri Puja is observed in the month from March to April and is also known as Chaitra month. This Navratri Puja is observed in the North region of India according to traditional Hindu calendar. This year the Chaitra Navratri will start from the 31st March and will end on 8th of April. This festival is dedicated to three most powerful goddess – Maa Durga, Maa Saraswati and Maa Lakshmi. The Chaitra Navratri ends on the day of Ram Navami. There are different names of Chaitra Navratri like Basant Navratri, Ram Navratri, Spring Navratras etc.
The chaitra navratri is celebrated when the climate change is observed. The chaitra Navratri also marks the beginning of the summer season. It is also believed that keeping fasts during the Chaitra navratri makes the individual body prepared for the summer season. The important temple fairs occur in the North region of India. This navratri is celebrated more in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and other regions of North India.
Chaitra Navratri Dates
- Ghatsthapana (31 March, 2014) : This day marks the beginning of the nine days festival. This day is considered to be the day when the Shakti of the Goddess is invocated. The Ghatsthapana should be done at appropriate time otherwise the Goddess may get angry. The Mahurat to perform the Ghatsthapana is 06:16:28 to 10:22:28.
- Sindhara Dooj (1st April,2014) : On this day the unmarried form of Goddess Parvati named as Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped. It is believed that Goddess Brahmacharini, governs the planet Mangal, which provides the fortunes to the individuals.
- Gaur Teej Saubhagya Teej (2nd April, 2014) : On this day the married form of Goddess parvati named as Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped.
- Varadvinayak Chaturthi (3rd April, 2014)
- Lakshmi Panchami (4thApril, 2014) : On this day Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped in order to maintain the wealth and property in the life.
- Yamuna Jayanti (5thApril, 2014) : This day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Goddess Yamuna as on this day Goddess descended on the Earth. This day is generally celebrated in Mathura and Vrindavan.
- Vijaya Saptami (6thApril, 2014) : Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped on this day, as the Goddess fought with the devils and removed all the evils from the earth. It is also believed that Goddess also governs the planet Shani.
- Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Annapurna Ashtami (7thApril, 2014) : On this day Goddess Durga is being worshipped and people believing in Maa Durga keep the long day fasts. This day also falls in the Shardiya Navratri.
- Ram Navami (8thApril, 2014) : Lord Rama was born in the month of Chaitra during Shukla Paksha. The Ram Navami Puja Muhrat is from 11:08:01 to 13:38:19. This day marks the end of the Chaitra Navratri Puja.
Aries natives love to party and Valentine Day is a special occasion that nonetheless can be celebrated like any other occasion. Aries loves to be centre of attraction, so it is important that you plan activities with spotlight on them. Put your imagination to best of its use and think about an out of box idea for gifting something to Arians. They get appeased with luxurious and attractive gifts. Challenging gifts like puzzles, gadgets etc can also be a great option for the Aries. If you are planning to gift clothing or accessories, it should be related to head or face.
With Venus as their ruler, Taurus natives prefer luxury and sensuality. They enjoy and appreciate good things in life. To impress them you can take them to diner date in an expensive restaurant. You can further add some surprise to your date by gifting some collectible item. Another idea is to take Taurus natives to a long drive to bring some fun in their monotonous life. Gift them an exquisite jewelry or latest gadget. Since Taurus zodiac, rules neck and throat, hence gifting them, necklaces, earring, pendants, scarves and other accessories will appeal them a lot.
For Gemini variety is an important spice in life. They may like something in a moment and may dislike it in the next. So, best gift you can give to your Gemini lover is an exciting pack of variety of big and small gifts. Gemini natives can be sometimes confusing but they are not hard to please. Conversation is the best method to get to know what goes in the mind of Gemini natives. Gifting them a Smartphone is the best idea. Gemini zodiac rules arms; hands, collarbone, and lungs, hence, shirts, coats, rings, gloves etc are the best gifting ideas.
Cancer natives are emotional and sentimental. They hold loving gestures and thoughtful gifts close to their heart. If you are planning to gift them something make sure your gift reflects the expression of unconditional love. This will give them a feeling of mental security in the relationship. A photo album or a collage of your pictures wrapped attractively with personalized note on the top can melt the heart of Cancer natives. You can even gift them things related to food, and kitchen like cook books, home appliances, decorated artifacts etc.
The natives under Leo zodiac like to treated like kings. To please Leo natives it is important that you buy stuff as per their choice. Buy quality products and it should have functionality in form of some amusement. You can gift them an all expenses covered holiday package. You can invite them to a party and can add expensive wine with attractive flower arrangement to the menu.
Virgo zodiac are analytical and perfectionist in all the endeavors of their life. Due to this they are a lot demanding and pleasing them is an easy job. However, still it requires some efforts. Virgo natives do not trust someone easily. You need to devote your time and effort to make them fall in love with you. Gift them stuff like digital diaries, calendars, organizers, gadgets, stationery and practical stuff to them. These might not look romantic but till touch the right chord of Virgos. All they need is your love and support. If you cannot think of something give them an all expenses covered holiday package.
Libra natives are the most romance seeking person. Romance is the essence of their life. They might not show this characteristic but being their lover you need to know it and honor this need of Librans. Shower your love to them this valentine and bring stylish, sophisticated and generous gifts to them that can be scented candles, fragrances, balloons, teddies etc. It is not important to gift an expensive items but it should be unique and beautiful. You can even gift Librans an exquisite limited edition items and spa vouchers along with some home décor items.
Scorpions are an intense, passionate and demanding lover. They crave the attention of their lover undividedly. A gift which reflects your love, respect and affection towards Scorpio partner would be a great choice. As long as your heart and eyes are focused on them, Scorpions are satisfied with whatever gift you give them. You can buy perfumes, suspense thriller novels, jewelry or even exotic red wine can make up the mood of your lover on valentine day.
Sagittarians are impulsive, freedom and fun loving. They love to go with flow and like to wait patiently to see what happens next. Sagittarians love meeting people and try new things. You can take your Sagittarian lover to a beautiful place for vacation. You need not to worry about the last minute cancelation of plan as Sagittarians are adventure and fun seeking individual. You can also gift them something that may help them to understand different culture and improve their overall personality.
If you are in love with a Capricorn native you can relax and have fun. As Capricorn natives do not expect much from you. Capricorn natives are all about constancy and genuineness and many of them do not like to show off their love on a day like Valentine day. Since, they do not expect much you can please them with a little but real gesture. You can gift them something that touch their chord. It can be something related to past memory or a moment of nostalgia. Exclusive pens, wrist watches, bags etc are some ideas of gifts.
Choose something that has an element of surprise. The Aquarius natives like to read and study. They also keep a close eye on their surroundings. You can gift Aquarians writing material, books, travel packages or an exclusive pen. Gifting electronic gadgets is also a great idea. If you are planning to buy apparel, purchase something that make your lover stand out of crowd in the party.
Pisces are sensitive dreamer and would love it when their lover will bring a gift for them. You should give them something that is full of love and affection. Adding a personal touch to your gift will even make it more attractive. Chocolates, flower, body and bath products, perfumes, essential oils are some best ideas to gift your valentine on this valentine day. You can even gift them a precious stone.
On 12th February, 2014 Sun will be transiting to the zodiac sign Aquarius. This transit will also bring some of the changes in all the 12 zodiac signs. Aquarius is considered to be the knowledgeable zodiac sign and planet Saturn is considered to be the ruler of this zodiac sign. The effects on various zodiac signs are:
This year the children health may get affected and the judgments may also go in a wrong direction. It is also advised to take care of your health so that everything goes smooth. According to the stars you may gain popularity and can also meet some old friends. There may be some disputes at the home.
This year you will grow professionally a lot. There is a chance that you may apply for a loan. It is advised that you do not involve in any type of speculation as this can lose money into it. This year you may feel lethargic and weak and your left eye can also trouble you so take care of your eyes also.
This year you may lose in competitive activities and also in speculations. You can have a long distance trip with your friends this year. Some of the people will be declined towards the religious activities and some of the people will look for love and peace.
This year you will see the progress in your professional life. You will move away from your kids for some time. This year you will be very caring towards your elders. You can also indulge into the renovation of your house.
This month will prove to be very good for you and the birth of the baby girl is also foreseen. You may also plan for a short term travel. You will also be a short tempered so make yourself in control.
There is good news on the professional work front. You will have success in your job or business. You may face some of the problems in the personal life and the workload will make you feel restless.
You will enjoy good time as luck is with you. You will also grow professionally. You may also need to go to the lawsuit due to the personal life problems.
Expenses will increase and you may go for long journeys. Hard work will give the results as expected. Due to workload you will not be able to find time for yourself.
Luck will support you a lot and your father will also be in a good health condition. In the legal matters also you will be lucky and everything will be in your favor. However, the professional work front may not go so good.
This month you will get all the old money back and will also get some from the policies in which you have invested. Overall, you will spend a good time both in professional and personal life. You may face some of the anxieties and expenses in the last phase.
This month will be full of travels and this will increase the expenses. There will be a problem in concentration and you may also face the problem in taking decisions.
Professional and personal life will go very good and you will enjoy a lot. You just need to take care of your health this month so that everything goes smooth.