Shivaratri Observance 2024

Mar 8 - 9, 2024

Join Us to Celebrate Shivaratri

You are invited to join us in celebrating Shivaratri, an auspicious time for purification and reconnecting with the Divine.

In observance of Shivaratri this year, we will begin our ceremonies on Friday, March 8, with a Parthiv Puja (indoors) during which we will make 1008 clay lingams (an abstract or iconic representation) consecrated with mantra (chanting).

Following the Parthiv Puja we will commence at sunset an all-night vigil including Ganesh Puja, kirtan (devotional singing), meditation, storytelling, and a midnight yajna (all indoors). In the early morning of Saturday, March 9, a Maha Shivaratri Puja will conclude with submerging the 1008 lingams in the upper lake accompanied by prayers for Peace.

There are a number of ways in which you are invited to participate...

Shivaratri via Livestream

  • Celebrate Shivaratri from afar. Much of the Shivaratri evening program will also be livestreamed on the Temple YouTube channel. No pre-registration necessary.

Shivaratri & Saturday Brunch:

  • Join the Shivaratri pujas all night on Friday, March 8, 2024: Arrive after 6:00pm and stay for brunch on Saturday, March 9. No accommodations. Please register before March 6 - see link below.
  • Cost: FREE

Parthiv Puja + Shivaratri & Saturday Brunch:

  • Arrive anytime after 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8, to join in the Parthiv Puja and preparations and the Shivaratri observance. Includes lunch and dinner Friday, plus stay all night and Saturday brunch. No overnight accommodations. Please register before March 6 - see link below.
  • Cost: $28 per person (meals)

Parthiv Puja + Shivaratri with Overnight Accommodations:

  • Arrive anytime after 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8, to join in the Parthiv Puja and preparations, and the Shivaratri observance. Includes lunch and dinner Friday, overnight accommodations on Friday night, and Saturday brunch. Please register before March 6 - see link below.

    Additional overnight: You may choose to also stay the night on Saturday, March 9. Please include a note in your reservation that you wish to extend your stay. You may also contact Guest Services directly to book the additional night - email guestservices@mountmadonna.org or call (408) 846-4090.
  • Cost: Based on lodging selection
Babaji Offering Shiv Mandir 1987

The aim of Shivaratri is dispassion.” – Baba Hari Dass

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

All celebrations will take place in the Community Building, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, March 8

  • 9:30am | Parthiv Puja & creation of 1008 lingams
  • 12:30pm | Lunch
  • 5:15 - 6:15pm | Dinner
  • 6:00 - 7:00pm | Arati
  • 7:15pm | Ganesh Puja
  • 8:00pm - 12:00am | Kirtan, meditation, storytelling

Saturday, March 9

  • Midnight | Shiva puja and Mantra Yajna
  • 2:00am - 5:00am | Asana & Kirtan
  • 5:00am | Maha Shivaratri Puja
  • 6:30 am | Parade to carry lingams to the Temple
  • 7:00am | Arati (Temple)
  • 8:00am | Procession and immersion of lingams (Lake)
  • 9:30 - 10:30am | Brunch
  • 11:00am | Shivaratri Program concludes

Shivaratri

Join us Friday night for the Shivaratri pujas through to brunch on Saturday. (No overnight accommodations.)

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Parthiv Puja + Shivaratri

Join us Friday for Parthiv Puja and Shivaratri. (No overnight accommodations.)

Register Here

Parthiv Puja + Shivaratri + Accommodations

Join us for Parthiv Puja and Shivaratri. Includes overnight accommodations on Friday.

Register Here

Background

Shivaratri is a night that celebrates the Hindu deity Shiva on the lunar fortnight, when the moon is waning, in the month of February or March. This particular night is considered a time for consecration, dedication, and ultimately surrender of the mind to the Divine Presence in the form of Lord Shiva. This cold and dark time of year can be challenging for some and therefore it is considered one of the most important and auspicious times for spiritual aspirants to intensively pursue their practice. For millennia, Shivaratri rituals have provided a beautiful opportunity for millions of people throughout the world to reconnect with their spiritual aspirations.

The god Shiva has many symbolic names and forms, one of which is the Shiva lingam, a symbol of the formless universal divine principle. Through ritual, prayer, chanting, meditation and other austerities (such as fasting and staying up through the night) we purify the mind and offer our ignorance to Shiva, the aspect of God who is the remover or the destroyer. What is removed or destroyed is our erroneous identification as the individual self so that we may recognize our true identity, the Universal Self.

For more information about Shivaratri, please watch this talk that Janardan gave during Shivaratri in 2022.

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2024 Shivaratri Overnight Accommodations & Meals Rates

Fees are PER PERSON and include lodging and meals. For full descriptions of each type of accommodation, please see images below.

Accommodations Type Rate
Ram Cottage #1 - Single (1 person/room, 2 rooms); Shared Bath

$249
Ram Cottage #1 - Double (2 people/room, 2 rooms); Shared Bath
$188
Ram Cottage #2 - Single (1 person/room, 3 rooms); Shared Bath
$226
Ram Cottage #2 - Double (2 people/room, 3 rooms); Shared Bath
$171
Conference Center - Single Room (1 person/room) w/ Private Bath
$281
Conference Center - Single Room (1 person/room); Shared Bath
$226
Conference Center - Double in Room (2 people/room) w/ Private Bath
$204
Conference Center - Double in Room (2 people/room); Shared Bath

$171
Conference Center - Triple in Room (3 people/room); Shared Bath

$138
Cabin - Single (1 person/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility

$195
Cabin - Double (2 people/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility

$163
Own Vehicle

$86

Important Notes about Rates:

  • Rates are per person per day and include meals, lodging, and facilities use.
  • Rates are based on stated occupancy. Double and triple rates are available ONLY to groups of 2 or 3 people who are staying in the same room. Please list the names of the people with whom you are sharing the room on the registration form.
  • Children 4 years and under are welcome free of charge; for 5 - 12 years old, fees are discounted 50%. Please register those ages 13 and older separately as an adult.
  • All guests must be registered.
  • Rates stated here apply to this event only. Other retreat and program accommodations pricing may differ.

Accommodations Descriptions

Guest Rooms

These tasteful rooms, some with ensuite bathrooms, are located in our Conference Center where there is wifi, two lovely courtyards with expansive views to read and relax in, and a full tea bar available at all times in the Conference wing of the building. All beds are single size, and sleep 1 person only. Single, double and triple rooms are hotel-style. Bathrooms and showers are centrally located on each floor.

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Rustic Cabins

These simple, rustic cabins are located in our Oaks Campground. They are a short walk to the main area, but have a feeling of being more remote. Cabins have electricity and heat, but not wi-fi nor indoor plumbing. There are two single beds per cabin that each sleep 1 person only. A separate shower house is nearby, containing private showers and dressing rooms, and flush toilets.

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Ram Cottages

The Ram Cottages have easy access to the Wellness Center and many hiking trails. They are a short walk away from the central meeting buildings. Ram #1 offers two bedrooms, a small kitchen, bathroom, and shared living space with outdoor deck. Ram #2 sleeps 6 and offers a kitchenette, and a shared bathroom. All beds are single size, and sleep 1 person only.

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Own Vehicle

Spaces are available for your van, camper or other vehicle. Some have access to electricity, but no other hookups. Showers and restrooms are available in campgrounds and Center buildings.

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