Shivaratri

Feb 25 - 26, 2017

Shivaratri 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 

9:30 am - 12 pmPārthiv Pūjā- creation of 1008 clay Lingams 
12 - 6 pmPreparation of Main Hall & Meditation
6:00 pmĀrati at Hanumān Temple
7:00 pmGaṇesḥ Pūjā in CB Main Room
7:30 pm - 12 amKirtan

Sunday February 26th  

12 - 2 am Mantra Yajña
2 - 3 amKirtan
3 - 3:45 amSūrya Namaskar Āsana series
3:45 - 4:30 amKirtan
4:30 - 6:30 amMahā Shiva Rātri Pūjā
6:30 amĀrati at Hanumān Temple
7:30 amShiva Lingams submerged in Lake
8:30 amBreakfast & 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.