Feb 25 - 26, 2017
Shiva Rātri is the night that celebrates the Great God Shiva as a manifestation of the Pure Consciousness Principle. Traditionally, Shiva Rātri is observed on the lunar fortnight, when the moon is waning into the new moon in the western months of February or March. To practitioners, this night is considered a highly auspicious time of austerity (tapah) and devotion (bhakti). Shiva represents the principle of destruction and we perform this ritual with the aim of weakening desire and attachment, and destroying our ignorance and separation from our true Divine Nature.
Join us as we celebrate with chanting, prayer, meditation, and performing ritual throughout the night!
Saturday February 25th
|7:30 am - 9:30 am||Pārthiv Pūjā- creation of 1008 clay Lingams|
|10 - 6 pm||Preparation of Main Hall & Meditation|
|6:00 pm||Ārati at Hanumān Temple|
|7:00 pm||Gaṇesḥ Pūjā in CB Main Room|
|7:30 pm - 12 am||Kirtan|
Sunday February 26th
|12 - 2 am||Mantra Yajña|
|2 - 3 am||Kirtan|
|3 - 3:45 am||Sūrya Namaskar Āsana series|
|3:45 - 4:30 am||Kirtan|
|4:30 - 6:30 am||Mahā Shiva Rātri Pūjā|
|6:30 am||Ārati at Hanumān Temple|
|7:30 am||Shiva Lingams submerged in Lake|
|8:30 am||Breakfast & Clean-up|
There is a special housing rate ($20/night) for those coming for this event. We encourage you to stay the two nights if you have been up all night for Shivaratri, as it is dangerous to drive when overtired. The $20 rate is for accommodation only; we ask that you pay for meals using either your meal card or by putting money in the wooden box for whatever meals you take. There will be no regular yoga classes, and the meal schedule will be quite unusual: with most people fasting, there will be very few regular meals.
For questions, call the Programs Office at 408-846-4064. If you'd like to register for an overnight stay, click here.