April 22, 2017: Varoodhini Ekadasi
April 24, 2017: Varaha Jayanathi, Somashroda Vratam
April 25, 2017: Maasa Sivarati, Sivasannidhi Snanam
The 14th day of dark half of every month i.e. Krishna Chaturdasi is called Sivaratri. The one month in the month of Magha is known as Maha Sivaratri as it is the holiest of all.
When Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu were disputing each other's greatness, a huge Linga of fire appeared suddenly between them and a voice from the void declared that, the one who would fid the extremities of this Linga would be considered as the greater one. Neither of them succeeded. Hence, they were obliged to accept the greatness of Lord Shiva, who had manifested as that pillar of light. This was the Origin of Shivalinga and Maha Sivaratri. According to another myth, Maha Sivaratri is the day on which Lord Shiva darken the poison when emerged out of the Milky Ocean thus saved the worlds from destruction. Another legend attributes to its being the day of marriage of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati.
Of all the major Hindu festivals, Maha Sivaratri is the only one wherein the austerity part, as signified by the word, "Vrata", is predominant. There is practically no festivity, revelry or gaiety in its observance, the whole thing being one of the all-enveloping solemnity. Thus is but natural since Lord Shiva is the God of ascetics, the very incarnation of reunion. The basic disciplines to be observed on this day are ahimsa, Satya, Brahmacharaya, Daya, Kshama and Anasuyata. Fasting is the foremost aspect of this vrata. Likewise, keeping awake throughout the night is a must. Worship Lord Shiva through out the night, bathing the Linga with Panchamrta, performance of Homa, recitation of Shiva Panchakashara mantra "Om Nama Shivaya" and prayer for forgiveness are the other aspects of the vrata.
May Lord Shiva shower His blessings on the entire human beings.
Maha Sivarathri is a national holiday across India.
Bramhotsavam and special Pooja will be conducted at the Temple of Srikalahastiswara Swamy Devasthanam, Srikalahasti , Chittor. The various events for the Bramhotsavams include Mahasivartri Nandi Seva and Lingobdhbhavam (at night), Rathothsavam followed by Teppothsavam (at night), Kalyanotsavam, Kailasigiri Pradakshinam and Pallkiseva
Those who are suffering from Kala sarpa dosha can perform pooja for Rahu and Ketu between 6am to 8.30pm on these days.
Charges for the Pooja - Rs.250
Special Rahu Ketu Pooja - Rs.500
Inside Temple - Rs.1000
The Devasthanam will provide Pooja materials. Devotees participating in this pooja can have Aseervachanam special Darshan and Prasadam.