Maha Shivratri, which literally translates to “Great night of Shiva” is a festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day which falls this year on 4th March . The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, one of the most important deities in the Hindu pantheon.
Nobody explains this better than the Sadhguru “ The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon is known as Shivratri. Among all the twelve Shivratris that occur in a calendar year, Mahashivratri, the one that occurs in February-March is of the most spiritual significance. On this night, the northern hemisphere of the planet is positioned in such a way that there is a natural upsurge of energy in a human being. This is a day when nature is pushing one towards one’s spiritual peak. It is to make use of this, that in this tradition, we establish a certain festival which is night-long. One of the fundamentals of this night-long festival is to ensure that – to allow this natural upsurge of energies to find their way – you remain with your spine vertical – you stay awake. Mahashivratri is very significant for people who are on the spiritual path. It is also very significant for people who are in family situations, and also for the ambitious in the world. People who live in family situations observe Mahashivratri as Shiva’s wedding anniversary. Those with worldly ambitions see that day as the day Shiva conquered all his enemies.
But, for the ascetics, it is the day he became one with Mount Kailash. He became like a mountain – absolutely still. In the yogic tradition, Shiva is not worshipped as a God, but considered as the Adi Guru, the first Guru from whom the knowledge originated. After many millennia in meditation, one day he became absolutely still. That day is Mahashivratri. All movement in him stopped and he became utterly still, so ascetics see Mahashivratri as the night of stillness. “
One question for every Shiva bhakt is what to wear on MahaShivratri?
Ahilya has designed an entire collection on Lord Shiva – called the Shivaay Collection. There are trishaws , rudrakshas , damroos , nagas – just about everything associated with Lord Shiva.
Here are some silver jewellery designs that are inspired by Lord Shiva and we are sure that you’ll love them as much as we did in making them !!!!
Have a look:
Special edition Gold Plated Turquoise Trishul Kada made in pure 92.5 sterling silver. This unisex kada has intricate work with a pair of turquoise in a bezel setting, situated inside a dumroo, leading into a Trishul. Mounted with pure 24 Karat Gold Plating on pure 92.5 Sterling Silver. This is a unisex kada and can be worn by both men and women. Om Namah Shivaay !!!!
Designed around the Trishul motif , as carried by Lord Shiva , this ring has an adjustable shank , so it can fit any finger size. Suitable to wear for both men and women . Om Namah Shivaay !!!!!
This one is just magnificent – 3 lines of Gold plated dholki beads juxtaposed with deep maroon brown rudraksha beads – the contrast looking utterly stunning and elegant. Threaded with a maroon cord. Can be worn by both men and women.
Rudraksha beads linked with sterling silver to make a striking necklace.
This ring represents the Ajna Chakra , on the forehead. The third eye is the eye of spiritual wisdom and knowledge. It is believed that Lord Shiva uses the third eye to see beyond the apparent and protect the good ones from the evildoers. All the evil and the ignorance vanish as the third eye opens. In Buddhism, the third eye refers to Eye of Consciousness, which asks followers to see the world beyond their physical eyes. It advises people to see the world with their mind. It is the gate that leads the followers within to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. In the new concept, the third eye symbolizes a state of enlightenment.
Beautifully designed as a coiled snake or naga , vertically wrapping itself around the finger. Extremely elegant . The snake also signifies the Kundalini rising. . Shiva is often pictured in yogic posture. As an all accomplished yogi, the fully awakened “”serpent power”” is typically represented by the snake around his neck.It represents the ego , that , once mastered , can be worn as an ornament .Om Namah Shivaay !!!!
A gorgeous kada for all the lovers of Sankara, Lord Shiva , Bholenath – with exquisite carvings of a Trishul and a turquoise Damroo . This Overlapping Kada can be easily slipped on .
Designed around an exquisitely shaped Trishul and Damroo with Turquoise stones , this beautiful kada has parrots on the side and intricate rawa work. With a spring lock in the middle , it can be easily slipped on. Suitable to wear for both men and women.
Om Namah Shivaay!!
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