Maha Shivratri is celebrated in the honour of Lord Shiva – third Lord of the Trinity.
Shivratri celebration is being organised across the UK at different places. A stunning show of music and dance is scheduled to be presented by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK centre, teachers and students in invocation to Lord Shiva. The event will begin at 7 pm on February 20 at the centre.
Cultural programme of music and dance will be held. This would be followed by pooja and Prasad (dinner). The event has been sponsored by 'Bhagwan' Mirchandani family.
The King’s College London Hindu Society will be holding celebrations on Tuesday February 21 in evening. Infact Dharma Mandir had celebrated the Maha Shivratri on February 17. Shivratri is celebrated by Hindus all over the world.
This festival glorifies the Hindu god Shiva, lord of cosmic destruction and dance. It is celebrated on the 14th night of the new moon during the Hindu lunar month of Phalguna.Lord Shiva was married to Devi Parvati on Shivratri.
The celebration of Maha Shivratri begins with a night vigil leading up to the day of the festival, during which many Shiva devotees fast and offer special prayers.
Shiva is worshipped in the form of a lingam, a phallic symbol with a yoni that represents female creative energy. Together it represents the union of organs, and the totality of creation.
Flowers, incense and other offerings are made, while prayers and bhajans are chanted. Bhang, an intoxicant made from the cannabis plant is commonly consumed on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.