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Sivaratri Festival: All-Night Vigil
Friday, February 21 @ 9:00 PM - Saturday, February 22 @ 6:30 AM
This is one of the most auspicious celebrations of the year. It is said that Lord Siva protects the world throughout the year, but this is his one night to rest. It is our duty to watch over the world for him. This all-night vigil with continuous chanting of the names of Siva, Lord of Yogis, will tune your mind to the highest spiritual vibrations. Seek Lord Siva’s blessing.
9:00pm Classical dance performance of three prayers by Dr. Dimple Kaur Malhotra
Pujas will be celebrated at 10:00pm, 12:00 midnight, 2:00am and 4:00am
Prasad feast at dawn
Come for one puja, or stay longer, or stay all night! Everyone is welcome to participate. There will be kirtan sessions between pujas to keep the energy high.
We welcome offerings of flowers and sweets/prasad and/or monetary donations toward puja flowers and other items. (We can share a list of items needed.) Please let us know what you can bring.
Minimum donation: $20 (This event is supported 100% by donations.)
The Legend of the Hunter
Once a hunter while chasing a deer wandered into a dense forest and found himself on the banks of river Kolidum when he heard the growl of a tiger. To protect himself from the beast he climbed up a tree nearby. The tiger pitched itself on the ground below the tree fostering no intention to leave. The hunter stayed up in the tree all night and to keep himself from falling asleep, he gently plucked one leaf after another from the tree and threw it down. Under the tree was a Shiva Linga and the tree blessedly turned out to be a bilva tree. Unknowingly, the man had pleased the deity with bilva leaves. At sunrise, the hunter looked down to find the tiger gone, and in its place stood Lord Shiva. He prostrated before the Lord and attained salvation from the cycle of birth and death.