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“The Great Night of Shiva" or Maha Shivratri which falls in the month of February/ March is one of the most auspicious festivals of Hindu which marks a remembrance of "overcoming darkness and ignorance" in life. Devotees embrace the festival by fasting, chanting prayers and Mantras and worshipping the Lord of destruction and peace representing the eclectic mix of anger as well as peace.

Here is the significance of some of the facts related to Lord Shiva

1. The Sacred Mantra- OM NAMAH SHIVAY

According to the scripture Tirumantiram, “His feet are the letter Na. His navel is the letter Ma. His shoulders are the letter Śi. His mouth, the letter Vā. His radiant cranial centre aloft is Ya. This is the five-lettered form of Shiva.” This mantra has a reference in Yajurveda and the practice of chanting the mantra 108 times is considered very auspicious.
2. The third eye of Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva has 3 eyes. The sun is considered the right eye, moon the left eye whereas the eye of wisdom is considered the third eye of Lord Shiva which has the ability to look beyond the obvious.
3. The significance of elephant and deerskin

4. Half-Open Eyes:

Lord Shiva who is considered for maintaining the life cycle of the universe has half-open eyes which signifies that the universe cycle is still in the process.
5. Drum

Do you know the sound produced by the drum is similar to the sound created during the deep meditation? Yes, you wear the sound of AUM in both.
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Author- Neha Wadhwa
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