27th February, 2014:
Maha Shivratri, Meaning “great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture. Maha Shivratri, the night of the worship of Shiva is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day of the krishna paksha or waning phase of the moon in Phalgun. Along with keeping a fast, cold water and bel patra (leaves of the wood apple tree) are offered to the lingam during the day. The festival is celebrated by traditional offerings such as bathing Shiva in milk, panchamruta (milk,curd,ghee,sugar and honey ), one after the other in succession; or anointing the lingam with vermilion (kumkum), white consecrated rice and askshata, (symbols of fertility or creation), when Shiva is worshipped as the god of dissolution.
14 Feb 2014 : Magh Poornima (significance and Celebration)
Magh Purnima is the full moon day in the Hindu month of Magh (January – February). Magha, or Maghi, is month during which the famous Kumbh Mela and the annual Magh Mela takes place at Sangam in Prayag or Allahabad.
According to Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Lord Vishnu resides in the water on Ganges on this day. Hence, it is believed that even touching the holy water of Ganges on this day provides salvation. It is also believed that Lord Vishnu is most impressed when a person takes a bath in the holy rivers on this day. Even fasts, donations or charities don’t impress him as much.
Aarti : Ganga Mata
ॐ जय गंगे माता, श्री गंगे माता।
जो नर तुमको ध्याता, मनवांछित फल पाता।
ॐ जय गंगे माता…
चन्द्र-सी ज्योत तुम्हारी जल निर्मल आता।
शरण पड़े जो तेरी, सो नर तर जाता।…
ॐ जय गंगे माता…