12005 Hwy 64
Eads, TN 38028 USA

Maha Shivaratri

India Cultural Center and Temple

invites your family and friends for 

Paanchahnika Dhwajarohana Divya Kalyanamahotsavam


Wednesday, March 06 to Monday, March 11, 2024

Significance of Maha Shivaratri:

Maha Shivaratri is an annual festival dedicated to Lord Shiva. Unlike most Hindu festivals which are celebrated during the day, the Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at night. Furthermore, unlike most Hindu festivals which include expression of cultural revelry, the Maha Shivaratri is a solemn event notable for its introspective focus, fasting, meditation on Shiva, self study, social harmony and an all night vigil at Shiva temples. The celebration includes maintaining a jaagaran, an all-night vigil and prayers, because Shaiva Hindus mark this night as “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in one’s life and the world through Shiva. Offerings of fruits, leaves, sweets and milk to Shiva are made, some perform all-day fasting with vedic worship of Shiva, and some perform meditative Yoga. In Shiva temples, “Om Namah Shivaya”, the sacred mantra of Shiva, is chanted through the day and night.

Date/DateVahana Seva
During the 5 days of Paanchanika Divya Kalyanamahotsavam (Shivaratri) celebrations, Vahana seva will be performed to Lord Chandramouliswara every evening. Vahana seva includes taking the Supreme Lord in a procession in the evening on different types of vahanas (vehicles). Rudra homam is performed daily in the morning and evening after Dhwajarohanam.

Ubhayam: The Yajamani's (Seva sponsor) name will be read during Sankalpa for all the sevas performed during that particular day. He/She and his/her family are the Yajamani's (owners) for the whole day sevas that include Homam and Vahana seva.

Ubhayam Sponsorship (1 day) - $ 61 (Any one day), $125 (on Maha Shivaratri with Ekadasa Spatika Lingarchana)
Wednesday, March 06Ankuraropanam
The traditional ritual, Ankuraropanam or Beejavapanam is one of the most important rituals of the Shaivagama which essentially is the Seed Sowing ritual performed on evening of first day of Brahmotsavam to Shiva. This seed sowing ritual marks the conduct of the mega religious 5 day event in a successful manner. The vessels known as “Palikas” are made using gold, silver, copper or mud for performing Ankuraropanam. The vessels are either 16/12/8 in number. They are placed at Yagnashala and seeds were sown in each vessel. The sprouting of the seeds depicts the grandeur in which the festival is being celebrated. The essence of this ritual is to make a sankalpa to celebrate a festival to receive the grace of the Lord. Sastras prescribe performing Ankuraropanam 5 days before the festival and is usually performed in the evening.
Thursday, March 07Dwaja Rohanam & Thiruchi Vahana Seva
Dwajarohanam is the flag-hoisting ceremony that is held on the first day by hoisting a flag (dhwajapatam) with a picture of Nandi (Mount of Shiva ) on the top of the Dwajasthambam. The flag will is hoisted amid Vedic chanting. It is believed to be a symbolic significance of formal invitation to all the deities to attend the Shiva Brahmotsavam festival. In the evening, the Supreme Lord is taken during a procession as part of Tiruchi Vahana seva.
Friday, March 08 - MAHA SHIVARATRINandi Vahana Seva
On the second evening, the Lord is taken out in a procession around the temple on His main devotee Nandi (Bull) as His vehicle. After that, Mahanyasa Purvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam is performed to Lord Shiva during the 5 jama's.
Saturday, March 09Haya Vahana Seva
On the third evening, the Lord is taken out in a procession around the temple on Haya vahana. Later, Kalyanam is conducted to Lord Chandramouliswara and Devi Parvathi.
Sunday, March 10Swarna Rathotsavam Seva
On the fourth evening, Lord Sri Chandramouliswara is taken out in a procession around the temple in Swarna Ratha.
Monday, March 11Trishula Snanam & Ravana Brahma Seva
On the final day morning, Trishula Snanam is celebrated for Lord Chandramouliswara in the Pushkarni. After choornika utsavam (exfoliation with turmeric and sesame oil), abhishekam is performed to Utsava vigrahas in the Snapana mandapam in the middle of the Pushkarni. At that very moment, all the Devatas and Gods invited to the 5-day Shivaratri celebrations also take a dip in the Pushkarni. All the devotees who immerse themselves at the same moment in the Pushkarni will be rid of their past sins and will gain good health and abundant blessings of Sri Chandramouliswara and Devi Parvathi.

On the final evening, the Lord is taken out in a procession around the temple specially decorated with his devotee - Ravana Brahma as his vahana. Before the vahana seva, maha poornahuti is performed during the final homam session.

Ekadasha Spatika Linga Maha Rudrabhishekam:

ICCT is planning to perform Ekadasha Spatika Linga Maha Rudrabhishekam on Maha Shivarati (March 8th, Friday). This special event is exclusively included for all 5-day sponsors, current year Raja poshakas $2500 and above and for $125 Maha Shivaratri day/evening (March 8th) sponsors.

$125 Maha Shivaratri day/evening sponsors will perform abhishekam to small Spatika Lingas and 5-day sponsors and Raja Poshakas $2500 and above will perform abhishekam to the 3 large Spatika Lingas with their own hands and at the end of abhishekam milk is offered to Lord Shiva. Temple will provide Spatika Lingam and puja materials to sponsors. This is a unique opportunity for devotees so please come forward block your slot at the earliest.

Annual Poshakas (Yearly $2,500 donors and above) during current year are eligible to participate in these celebrations without any additional sponsorship’s. To know more about how you can participate in the majority of temple events with a highly discounted yearly donation, please visit our Poshaka Parivar page.
Wednesday, March 06
Ankuraropanam6:00 PM
Thursday, March 07
Dhwajarohanam11:00 AM
Rudra Homam4:00 PM
Thiruchi Vahana Seva5:30 PM
Friday, March 08 - MAHA SHIVARATRI
Rudra Homam10:00 AM & 4:00 PM
Nandi Vahana Seva5:30 PM
Mahanyasa Purvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam7:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Cultural Event in between Abhishekams
Lingodbhava Darshanam12:30 AM
Saturday, March 09
Rudra Homam10:00 AM & 4:00 PM
Haya Vahana Seva5:00 PM
Shiva Parvathi Kalyanam5:30 PM
Sunday, March 10
Rudra Homam10:00 AM & 4:00 PM
Swarna Rathotsavam5:00 PM
Unjal Seva / Dolotsavam6:00 PM
Monday, March 11
Rudra Homam10:00 AM
Trishula / Avabrutha Snanam10:30 AM
Dhwaja Avarohanam4:30 PM
Rudra Homam Poornahuti5:00 PM
Ravana Brahma Vahana Seva6:00 PM


Shivaratri - All 5 days
(Includes daily Rudra Homam, Rudrabhishekam, Shiva Parvathi Kalyanam and Ekadasha Spatika Linga Maha Rudrabhishekam on Maha Shivarati day)
$ 351
Any one day
(Includes rituals on the selected day/evening)
$ 61
Shiva Parvathi Kalyanam
(Includes kalyanam only)
$ 125
Maha Shivaratri Day/Evening & Ekadasha Spatika Linga Maha Rudrabhishekam
(Rudra Homam, Rudrabhishekam and Ekadasha Spatika Linga Maha Rudrabhishekam.)
$ 125