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Om Sharavanabhava Dharma Trust,

Sreekrishnapuram, Palakkad, Kerala, India

Auspicious Shivarathri Celebrations

The legend behind Shivarathri

Owing to a curse from Sage Durvasa, Devas became weak and powerless.  Lord Vishnu suggested Devas to churn The Ocean of Milk (Kshira Sagara) to release the elixir (Amrutham) to regain the strength and vitality and lead immortal life.  As the Devas and Asuras worked together to churn out the elixir, a fatal poison was released from the depth of the universe, which posed catastrophic threat to the entire universe, which resulted in Devas and Asuras abandoning their mission.  Lord Shiva, out of compassion to save the universe, consumed the whole poison.  Astonished by this selfless act, the entire beings of the universe including Devas, Asuras, and Human Beings stayed awake for the whole night fasting, expressing their gratitude to Lord Shiva.  Pleased with the unity and harmony, Lord Shiva announced this day to be the most auspicious day to worship him, revered and celebrated till date as Shivarathri.

 Message from Babaji

Babaji emphasizes to create awareness about the true essence of Shivarathri.  Unfortunately, devotees have remained largely ignorant about the significance of the rituals followed during Shivarathri.  Most devotees engage in entertainment activities such as watching movies, dance programs, comedy shows just to keep themselves awake, which would not serve the true purpose.  Babaji being the guiding light of spiritually, enlightening devotees, requests everyone to follow the Shivarathri penance in the traditional ritualistic manner and reap the blessings of Lord Shiva. It is a good practice to fast the whole day and continuously chant, meditate and sing bhajans without giving any opportunity for the mind to deviate from the God thought!

 Shivarathri Penance

Dates:  The worship begins 6 days before Shivarathri and ends on the day of Shivarathri (February 21st to February 27th).

Dress Code:  Devotees must ideally wear only white clothes on all 7 days and must wear Panchamukha Rudraksha, which must not be removed until Shivarathri.

Code of Conduct:  Consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or non-vegetarian food must be avoided.  Devotees should abstain from physical pleasures during these days.

Orumudi Kettu:  Devotees should prepare a bag made out of yellow and saffron clothes.  Make seven cow dung rolls and dry it in the sun for seven days.  The bag should be filled with Tender Coconut, Coconut, Dried Coconut/copra, Beetle Leaves, Arecanut, Ten Rupee Coin, One Measure of Raw Rice, Incense Sticks, Camphor, Vibuthi Packet, Sandalwood Paste, Kumkum Powder, Turmeric Powder and the seven dried cow dung rolls.

Penance:  Wake up early at 5 a.m., take bath and light a lamp with 5 wicks and chant “Om Nama Shivaya” .  Encourage all the members in the family to chant together to help build up the vibrations in the home.  Keep the Orumudi Kettu with utmost devotion in front of the Shiva Lingam while praying.

 Shivarathri Day Program Itinerary at Sreekrishnapuram, Palakkad, Kerala, India

Chant “Om Nama Shivaya” continuously for 24 hours starting from 5 a.m. on Shivarathri Day.

Maha Ganapthi Homam at 5 a.m.

Maha Rudra Parayanam

Shiva Saharsanama Archana

Special Poojas



Darshan of Babaji

Sahasra Deeparchana at dusk

Special Abhishekam with 12 sacred materials at midnight 12 a.m.

Opportunity to perform Abhishekham to the sacred Shiva Ligam by all devotees.

Prasadam distribution

For peace and harmony in the world, Babaji requests all to observe Shivarathri in its purity and in the prescribed manner.  May the blessings of Lord Shiva and Sadhguru Sharavana Baba be bestowed upon all.

Pradasam will be served at the venue.

Those interested to participate in seva, kindly contact the admin office at Sreekrishnapuram.


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Babaji was born to a humble family in the village of Sreekrishnapuram, Kerala.Swami Murali Krishna is the eighth child of Smt Lakshmi Ammal and the late Sri Krishnankutty Gupthan. Despite the definite signs of divinity (always absorbed in prayers ...

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