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A Divine Maha Shivaratri Celebrations at Agastya Academy

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri

At Agastya Academy, Maha Shivaratri, a sacred occasion celebrated by millions of Hindus across the globe, was observed with profound reverence and devotion. It is the festival celebrated for Lord Shiva, when he first performed the Tandava Nritya, the dance of primordial creation, preservation, and destruction. Through this dance of devotion, Lord Shiva saved the world from destruction.

Maha Shivaratri Celebrations

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri happened on 08.03.2024, the day before the new moon in the month of Masi. So, we organized a special prayer for all the students and faculty to participate and learn about the significance of the event and to offer our prayers to Lord Shiva. Our campus became a blessed space where we, the students and faculty, united in homage to Lord Shiva, the Supreme Being.

Floral Decorations

The festivities started with the enchanting ritual of floral decoration. We meticulously adorned the statue of Lord Shiva with beautiful flowers of varied hues. With delicate precision, we arranged the divine symbol of 'Om' using flowers, presented as a tribute to Mahesan (Lord Shiva), the true incarnation of cosmic consciousness.

Offerings and Rituals

We tenderly offered a decorative bowl of water, infused with the fragrance of various flower blossoms, to the deity, symbolizing purity and devotion in purest forms. Naivedyam, a humble offering of food, was also lovingly presented to Lord Shiva, signifying our gratitude for his benevolence on all lives.

Understanding the significance of Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri

In the peaceful atmosphere, students gathered in silent contemplation. With soul-stirring melodies, we honoured Lord Shiva and sought his blessings through devotional songs. Our teachers enlightened the students with spiritual anecdotes, scientific insights, stories, and narratives regarding the significance of the Maha Shivaratri Event.

Deeparathan      

As the sun set slowly and dusk began, the campus was aglow with the flickering light of diyas. Then the final Deeparathan, the ceremonial offering of light, infused the surroundings with a divine radiance, kindling the flames of devotion within our hearts. With reverence and humility, we concluded the pooja.

Receiving Blessings

 Maha Shivaratri

After the pooja, the students lined up to receive Viboothi and prasadam, tokens of divine grace bestowed upon us by Lord Shiva. With each offering, we humbly acknowledged his presence in our lives as we received his blessings. This sacred experience filled all of us with a sense of peace and gratitude, nurturing a positive response among the students as they felt spiritually uplifted and connected. Then, all Agastyans slowly dispersed to visit the abode of Lord Shiva to seek blessings on this auspicious day.

To Conclude

Maha Shivaratri at Agastya Academy was a ritualistic observance and a transformative spiritual journey, uniting us in devotion and reverence towards Lord Shiva. As we departed quietly, our hearts filled with gratitude and devotion, knowing deeply in our hearts that the blessings of Lord Shiva will guide us towards the right paths.

-Tamil Annai

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