Maha Shivaratri

Friday, Feb 24, 2017 05:00 h
to Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 06:00 h
Shree Peetha Nilaya - Bhakti Marga
Am Geisberg 1-8
65321 Heidenrod-Springen
Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda


“What is Shivaratri? Actually, Shivaratri is when you forget about your mind and let your mind dwell only on the Divine. That’s what Shivaratri is, actually – it is uplifting you and really awakening what is deep inside of you.”

Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda

Shivaratri is the great night of Lord Shiva, associated with various legends marking that auspicious night. It is associated with the incident when Shiva swallowed the dangerous halahala poison which emerged from the churning of the ocean to save the world. By his yogic powers, Shiva could arrest the poison in his throat. Due to the effect of the poison his neck turned blue which lead to his name Neela Kantha or The Blue Throated One. It is also the day when Shiva married Parvati.

On the auspicious day, an all-night vigil is held for Lord Shiva, accompanied by a strict fast in dedication to the Lord. All the traditional rituals are performed, including offering of bilva leaves and abhishekam to the Shiva Lingam. In addition, kirtan is performed throughout the night, allowing devotes to take part in the “tandav” or “dance of destruction” with the Lord, symbolising the destruction of the Ego.

The day of Shivaratri will be a long and exciting one. We will start the ceremonies at 5:00 in the morning on the 24th of February and do Kalash Puja, abishekam and a small yagna.

In the night from the 24th to the 25th of February, there will be the ceremonies that commence in the evening with 4 abishekams taking place at 18:00, 21:00, 24:00 hrs and 03:00. Throughout the night, devotees will be able to offer water and bilva leaves to the Shiva Lingam. We expect the final ceremony and celebrations to finish around 05:00 hrs in the morning.


Bhakti Marga has its headquarters at Shree Peetha Nilaya, meaning ‘Abode of Maha Lakshmi’, the Divine Mother. It is located in the beautiful German countryside near Wiesbaden. Residents and guests come together every day to participate in special events, prayers, meditation, singing, seva, and to share their love of the Divine with one another.

 In ancient times, yogis would receive Divine Inspiration through the connection to God in Nature. Shree Peetha Nilaya is such a place.

  Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda

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Maha Shivaratri is FREE to attend and DONATIONS are greatly appreciated. Remember to Register!