12005 Hwy 64
Eads, TN 38028 USA

Maha Shivaratri

India Cultural Center and Temple

invites your family and friends for 

Paanchahnika Dhwajarohana Divya Kalyanamahotsavam

MAHA SHIVARATRI CELEBRATIONS

Tuesday, March 9 to Sunday, March 14 2021

Due to the existing pandemic restrictions with the limit in the number of people gathering at one place, only LIMITED number of sponsors are allowed to participate in this event. After sponsoring online, please schedule your visit by clicking here and make sure you follow the temple visiting guidelines when you visit the temple.

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.

Ekadasha Spatika Linga Maha Rudrabhishekam:

This year, ICCT is planning to perform Ekadasha Spatika Linga Maha Rudrabhishekam on Maha Shivarati (Mar 11th, Thursday). This special event is exclusively included for all 5-day sponsors, Maha Shivaratri March 11th sponsors ($121 sponsors) and 2021 Annual Poshakas 2.5k and above. Sponsors get an opportunity to perform Abhishekam to Spatika Lingam 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.
SCHEDULE
EVENTTIME
Tuesday, March 9
Ankuraropanam6:00 PM
Wednesday, March 10
Dhwajarohanam11:00 AM
Rudra Homam4:00 PM
Thiruchi Vahana Seva5:30 PM
Thursday, March 11 - MAHA SHIVARATRI
Rudra Homam10:00 AM & 4:00 PM
Nandi Vahana Seva5:30 PM
Mahanyasa Purvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Lingodbhava Darshanam12:00 AM
Friday, March 12
Rudra Homam10:00 AM & 4:00 PM
Haya Vahana Seva5:00 PM
Shiva Parvathi Kalyanam5:30 PM
Saturday, March 13
Rudra Homam10:00 AM & 4:00 PM
Swarna Rathotsavam5:00 PM
Unjal Seva / Dolotsavam6:00 PM
Sunday, March 14
Trishula / Avabrutha Snanam10:00 AM
Rudra Homam11:30 AM
Dhwaja Avarohanam4:30 PM
Poornahuti5:00 PM
Ravana Brahma Vahana Seva6:00 PM

Sponsorship

SponsorshipAmount
Shivaratri - All 5 days
(Includes daily Rudra Homam, Rudrabhishekam, Shiva Parvathi Kalyanam and Ekadasha Spatika Linga Maha Rudrabhishekam on Maha Shivarati day)
$ 301
Any one day (except Maha Shivaratri day/evening)
(Includes rituals on the selected day/evening)
$ 61
Shiva Parvathi Kalyanam
(Includes kalyanam only)
$ 125
Maha Shivaratri Day/Evening & Ekadasha Spatika Linga Maha Rudrabhishekam
(Includes Maha Shivarati day/evening Rudra Homam, Rudrabhishekam and Ekadasha Spatika Linga Maha Rudrabhishekam.)
$ 121