Maha Sivaratri Sri Lankan Festival in 2017
18th Jan 2017
With the celebration falling on the 13th night and 14th day of the Hindu month of Phalguna or Maagh, the 2017 Maha Sivaratri Sri Lankan Festival, which in held in honour of the Hindu god Shiva, will this year take place on 24th February 2017.
The event is of great importance to the many Hindus in Sri Lanka who believe that worshipping Shiva through chanting prayers, meditation, fasting and Yoga will cleanse themselves of their sins. Maha Sivaratri, or “the Great Night of Shiva”, is said to mark the day Shiva married the Goddess Parvati and performed the cosmic dance known as Tandava Nritya.
Who is Shiva and why is he important to Hindus in Sri Lanka?
The Hindu god Shiva is known as the ‘destroyer’; a powerful force of change in the universe.
Along with two other Hindu gods, Shiva makes up the trinity of gods that are responsible for the destruction, creation and order of the universe. The destructive nature of Shiva is considered very important by Hindus as it rids the world of imperfections and allows the way for rebirth and positive change.
Being the destroyer of the universe, Shiva is depicted as having an unruly demeanour but became more tamed by his wife, the goddess Parvati, who brought greater harmony to his life. This is the reason the marriage between the two powerful gods are celebrated by Maha Sivaratri each year.
Why Maha Sivaratri is important for Hindu women
The festival of Maha Sivaratri is celebrated by Hindu women across Sri Lanka whom fast during the day as a mark of devotion to goddess Parvati, Shiva’s wife.
The marriage between Shiva and Parvati is one of equality and balance, so followers believe the goddess of love and devotion can bless their own marriages to make them strong and enduring.
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