MahaSivaratri at Anaikatti

MahaSivarathri1It is observed that spiritual practices undertaken on Sivaratri  are very much effective. During the whole day and  remaining awake on the night,  nama japa and panchaksari mantra japa are conscientiously done.

Anaikatti Gurukulam observed Maha Sivaratri as per time honoured tradition.

Regular puja was done at Lord Dakshinamurti temple from 5 a.m.

Akhanda Nama Japa

Led by Swami Atmatriptananda, there was akhanda nama  japa of the pancaksari mantraOm Namah Sivaya’ from 7 AM to 3 PM.  All the Swamis, Swaminis  and Students at AVG, Anaikatti took turns and chanted the mantra with devotion and enthusiasm accompanied by  many musical instruments. The whole Gurukulam was vibrating with the chant ‘Om Namah Sivaya’.

IMG_9092Ekadasa Rudra Abhisheka

The chanting of Sri Rudram commenced at 4 pm. During each of the 11 chants, 11 different dravya abhiseka was performed to Lord Medha Daksinamurthy and Lord Narmadesvara.

Maha Aarati

Shodasa upachara puja was elaborately done. The evening puja concluded at 8 PM with Maha Arati.

Ratri Puja

During the night, three kala pujas were performed for Lord Narmadesvara. Led by Swami Atmatriptananda bhajans were sung for the whole night with passion and dedication.

It was a great and memorable day filled with holy chants and bhajans.

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Report by N. Avinashilingam