Maha Shivaratri – March 11th 2021


Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on 11th March 2021. Please check your local calendars. It is mandatory to visit the temple and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva during this day. In many customs they do fast on this day, but in our Madhwa tradition it is a festival and we do not fast. I remember visiting the Shiva Temple at Vijaya College in Bijapur which had 1001 Lingas along with my parents every year.

Attached below are prayers to say for Lord Shiva and seek his blessings.

Vandhe Sambhum Umaapathim Suragurum
Vandhe Jagath Kaaranam
Vandhe Pannaga Bhooshanam Mrigadharam
Vandhe Pasoonaam Pathim
Vandhe Soorya Sasaanga Vahnni Nayanam
Vandhe Mukundha Priyam
Vandhe Baktha Janaasryam Cha
Varadham Vandhe Sivam Sankaram


I bow to Sambu the Lord of Uma and the teacher of the Devas. I bow to the Lord Who is the root cause of the entire world. I bow to the Lord, Who has the serpent as His ornament, Who carries a deer. I bow to the Lord of all beings. I bow to the Lord Who has the Sun, the Moon and the Fire as His three eyes. I bow to Him Who is fond of Mukundha. I bow to Him, Who is the refuge of all devotees and Who grants boons to them. I bow to Siva, the creator of all auspicious things.

This blog has an entire page dedicated to Lord Shiva. Check the link below to find 20 lyrics on Lord Shiva:

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Annapurna on March 7, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Ty so much mam.after coming to usa, I regret that I didn’t learn much from my mom when I could have, at that point ….. I found your website, in which I found every slokha and pooja vidhanas my mom used to do, this site is like a mom to me since 5 years, very helpful for saadhana….. cannot thank you enough…..
    Yours faithfully


  2. Posted by Veena Madhusudhana on February 26, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Thank you so much madam🙏


  3. Posted by Shanthi Sethuraman on February 26, 2021 at 3:47 am

    Thanks for sharing Siva Ashtothriram, which I am used to do Archani few lines, Monday and Prothosham, I would do 108 Namavali.


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