Sunday, October 19, 2008

SHIVRATRI RITUALS

On the day of Shivratri, a three-tiered platform is built around a fire. The topmost plank represents swargaloka (heaven), the middle one antarikshaloka (space) and the bottom one bhuloka (earth). Eleven urns or kalash, are kept on the swargaloka plank symbolising the eleven manifestations of the Rudra Shiva. These are decorated with bilva (woodapple leaves) and mango leaves atop a coconut representing the head of Shiva. The uncut shank of the coconut symbolises his tangled hair and the three spots on the fruit Shiva's three eyes.

1 comment:

Varun Gupta said...

Hello Friends, as we say that we are proud to be an India so in the same way we should also encourage Hinduism and say "Proud to be a Hindu" Well I have written an article on Maha Shivratri Puja, hope you will go through it and according comment on it. thanks :)

Regards,
Varun