Maha Shivaratri in 2017 is on Saturday, the 25th of February.
It is a major festival in Hinduism, but one that is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world.
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It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing Yoga and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, noninjury to others, forgiveness and the discovery of Shiva. The ardent devotees keep awake all night. Others visit one of the Shiva temples or go on pilgrimage to Jyotirlingams. This is an ancient Hindu festival whose origin date is unknown.
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every lunary month on its 13th night /14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March) and before the arrival of spring, marks Maha Shivaratri which means “the Great Night of Shiva”.
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Mandi Shivratri International Fair
Location : NH21 , Mandi Town , Mandi , Himachal Pradesh , Indian Himalayas
The Mandi Shivratri International Fair is particularly famous as a venue for Maha Shivaratri celebrations; it transforms the town of Mandi as devotees pour in. It is believed that all gods and goddesses of the area, said to number more than 200, assemble here on the day of Maha Shivaratri. Mandi, located on the banks of Beas, is popularly known as the “Cathedral of Temples” and one of the oldest towns of Himachal Pradesh, with about 81 temples of different Gods and Goddesses on its periphery.
The Shivratri fair Mandi was started by Raja Ajber Sen, 300-400 years ago at Purani Mandi. Suraj Sen had 18 sons, al of whome died in his lifetime. Suraj Sen got a silver image crafted and named it Madho Rao to which he considered to be the King of the State of Mandi thereafter and all the rulers had to serve the state as servants of Madho Rao and caretakers of the State. The illustrious Madho Rao made by the golsmith Bhima, in the year 1705, o Thursday, the 15th Phagan. This date corresponds to A.D. 1648.
King of Kangra, Sansar Chand invaded Mandi state in 1792 taking its ruler Ishwari Sen prisoner for twelve years who was got released by Gurkha invaders who attacked Kangra and Mandi states. Gurkha invaders returned Mandi state to Ishwari Sen who received a warm reception when he returned to his headquarters. King invited all hill deities and organised a grand function on his return and the occasion happened to be Shivratri festival. It is believed that thereafter the practice of organising such function during Shivratri continued year after year and is still in force.
In the Shivratri fair, the village gods are carried into Mandi to do homage to Madho Rao and the Raja. The fairs for seven days; but is is general rule that each god on arrival shall pay his respects to Madho Rao before he proceeds to the palace to salaam the ruler. On the second day of the fair, a parade of gods is held in Padal. the large open plain in the angle between the Beas and Suketi.
Maha Shivaratri is the most important festival in Kashmir Shaivism. It is celebrated as the anniversary of the marriage of Shiva and Parvati. The festivities start 3 or 4 days before Maha Shivaratri and continue for two days after it.
Mandi Shivaratri Fair (Hindi:मण्डी शिवरात्री मेला) is an annual renowned international fair that is held for 7 days starting with the Hindu festival of Shivaratri, in the Mandi town () of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The Mandi Shivaratri fair is held as per Hindu calendar every year on the Krishna paksha 13th day/13th night (breaking fast/’vrata’ on 14th after sunrise) of the waning moon in the month of Phalguna that corresponds to February/March as per Gregorian calendar. The festival’s popularity is widespread and hence is known as an international festival. In view of the large number of gods and goddesses that are invited to the festival from its 81 temples, Mandi town has the title of ‘Varanasi of the Hills’. During 2016, the festival will be celebrated from 7th March (Shivaratri day) for seven days till 14 March 2016. This year Maha Shivratri is on 25 the February 2017.
Central India has a large number of Shiva followers. The Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain is one of the most venerated shrines consecrated to Shiva where a large congregation of devotees gathers to offer prayers on the day of Maha Shivaratri. Tilwara Ghat in the city of Jabalpur and the Math Temple in the village of Jeonara, Seoni are two other places where the festival is celebrated with much religious fervour.
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated widely in the temples all over Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated widely in the temples all over Nepal but especially in the Pashupatinath temple. Thousands of devotees visit the famous Shiva Shakti Peetham nearby as well. The Nepalese army parades around the city of Kathmandu to pay tribute to Lord Shiva, and holy rituals are performed all over the nation. Artists from various classical music and dance forms perform through the night. On Maha Shivaratri, married women pray for the well being of their husbands, unmarried women pray for a husband like Shiva, considered as the ideal husband. Shiva is also worshipped as the Adi Guru (first teacher) from whom the yogic tradition originates.
Outside South Asia :
Maha Shivaratri is the main Hindu festival among the Shaiva Hindu diaspora from Nepal and India. In Indo-Caribbean communities, thousands of Hindus spend the auspicious night in over four hundred temples across the country, offering special jhalls (an offering of milk and curd, flowers, sugarcane and sweets) to Lord Shiva. In Mauritius, Hindus go on pilgrimage to Ganga Talao, a crater-lake
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POPULAR CURATED CHOICES by people of Mandi Himachal for selection of best artists for live performances for Cultural nights at Mandi Shivratri
Any 3/4 from list will make it a successful event to cheer local crowds a Curated List by #SDBWP wp.me/p8e2AE-8T
00 Team Pritam and Singers ( see link in end )
01 Abhijit Singh
02 Mohit Chauhan ( Himachal )
03 Anuj Sharma ( Himachal )
04 Shivranjani ( Himachal )
05 Shreya Goshal
06 Sonu Nigam
07 Atif Aslam
08 Honey Singh
09 Sukhwinder Singh
10 Sunidhi Chauhan
11 Aditi Singh Sharma
12 Hitendra Shayasi ( Himachali Local songs )
13 Arman Malik
16 Sanam Band
Gangam Style can be skipped.
Any two or three from list will make it a success with all Himachal listed here can be surely invited
List by #SDBWP
This curated list clearly gives people’s choice in this thread and even the most successfull Mandi Shivratri International Fair performances by best artists till date. Definitely great live performers like Mika from Punjab , Anuj Sharma, Shivranjani with Great Mohit Chauhan are a perfect blend. If this team of 4 singers can be finalised it’s a sure hit I can bet in this as a Fine Media Curator .
Pritam with his team will be best choice as per my team. Great music director like him will put this event to a great New Media stage online and even enhrall local crouwd for sure. He will be a sure hit with his choice of singers . No burden to arrange and hire artists he can manage that and perform himself too. You can see from his performances in
IIFA awards in Macau which I personally witnessed in my World tour . VIDEO URL in end if this post
Best on top as per preference and all Himachali local artists can be invited on separate days
List suggested by #SDBWP SunDeep Bhardwaj World Productions &
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Pritam as suggested by CMTV
Popular Choice of Artists from India , Bollywood Sufi Pop genre and Local Himachal for Mandi Shivratri International Fair 2017. A list by CuratedMediaTV™ with inputs by Local Himachali’s and SDBWP™ on Local Administration page of Mandi Himachal http://bit.ly/MandiShivratri2017