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Livermore Temple Maha Shivarathiri Celebrations on 2013

The Livermore Shiva Vishnu Temple grandly celebrated the maha shiva rathri festival on March 9th 2013. Just here, I am sharing the few snaps for you... 
Livermore Shiva Vishnu Temple Near SFO
SFO Livermore Temple
Livermore Hindu Temple Maha Sivarathiri

Significance of Maha Shivaratri :

Maha Shivratri is celebrated a night before ‘amavasya’ (full dark night) in the Hindu lunar month of Magh. This usually occurs in February – March.

The importance of Maha Shivaratri is related with ‘amavasya’. Amavasa represents the darkness. God Shiva arrived to the earth just before the beginning of Kaliyuga to rid the world of evil and ignorance, represented by Amavasya. Therefore Mahashivratri is observed to get rid of the evil and ignorance.
Livermore Temple Maha Shivarathiri Celebration 2013
Livermore Temple Maha Shivarathiri Celebrations
Livermore Temple Maha Shivarathiri Celebration
Livermore Temple  SFO
During the day of Maha Shivaratri, God Shiva is worshiped in the form of Linga. It is believed that this form of God has neither a beginning nor an end. Lingam literally means Sign and this indicates fromless nature of the god.
According to a Legend God Shiva has explained the importance of Shivaratri to the Godess Parvathi. “The fourteenth (Chaturdashi) night of the new moon in the dark fortnight during the month of Maagha is my favorite day. It is known as Maha Shivarathri. My devotees give me greater happiness by mere fasting than by ceremonial baths and offerings of flowers, sweets or incense.
Skanda Purana describes about four types of Shivarathri.
1. Nitya Shivaratri – According to it, every night is a Shivaratri.
2. Masa shivaratri – This is Observed on dark fortnight of the Every Month.
3. Maagha Prathamaadi shivaratri -  This Shivaratri is observed for thirteen days in the month of Magh.
4. Maha Shivaratri – This is a Famous of all and observed on Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi in the Magh Month.
Maha Shivarathiri Celebrations Info
மஹா சிவ ராத்திரி : மாசிமாத கிருஷ்ணபட்ச சதுர்த்தசி தினமே மகா சிவராத்திரி எனப்படுகிறது. யுகம் யுகமாக கண் துஞ்சாமல் நம்மைக் காத்து ரட்சிக்கும் கயிலைக் கடவுளுக்காக, ஒரே ஒரு நாள் இரவு விழித்திருந்து, அவரை நாம் பூஜிக்கும் புண்ணிய ராத்திரி அது!......  

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