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Region 2 - Slough Mahashivarathri Celebration

By Mounika Naralasetti SSE student

The Maha Shivarathri celebrations at our centre were done exceptionally well. The bhajans, vedam chanting, Shiva Panchakashari Stotram, Lingastakam and a short sketch by SSE students, brought an atmosphere of Divine presence.

We started off with the short but meaningful sketch by the students. It was about the importance of every aspect in Shivaratri e.g. the name Neelkantaya Namah [drinking of poison to save the creation, significance of offering of bilva leaves, Mrutyumjaya Mantra and various names of Lord Shiva] and what it contributes on helping our prayers reach Lord Shiva. Each student took a turn in saying one important aspect of Shivaratri.

After the play we followed in to the vedam chanting. This is a very sacred chant in Sanskrit. This is very special to Lord Shiva as every word in the vedam describes the glory and beauty of the Lord. Lord Shiva is easily pleased and so in chanting the vedam he fulfils our prayers.

Vedam chanting was continued by the Shiva Panchakshari Stotram and Lingastakam. There were also other chants which sing the glory of Lord Shiva. These two chanting’s are also in Sanskrit and the students all know the meaning of each word.

Bhajans were after all the chanting. As it was Maha Shivarathri, all the bhajans were about Lord Shiva. They were sung beautifully and so devotionally that soon the centre was filled with vibrations from Baba and Shiva. One of the students, Murali Radhakrishnan, sang a simple, sweet bhajan.

We ended the celebrations with a thought of the day, from Prashanti, by Mounika Naralasetti. It was about how to attain happiness in the mind, and concluding the meaning of Shivaratri.

I would like to say on behalf of me and my fellow students, a big thank you to Joe uncle, Sai Krishna uncle, Anish uncle and Sai uncle for using their time to teaching us the vedam with such devotion and patience. We couldn’t have done it without you all. I would also like to say a very big thank you to Madhuri Aunty for teaching us the Shiva Panchakashari and Lingastakam in the time of two days, without your help we couldn’t have done it. And last but not least, Roja Aunty, Bharathi Aunty and Madhuri Aunty for all the hard work you put in arranging the classes well.