Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, our Temple is offering Virtual Šri Šiva Pooja Online to perform from home on the auspicious Mahã Šivarãtri Day.
Šri Šiva Pooja on the auspicious Mahã Šivarãtri day is dedicated to Lord Šri Šiva. Worshipping Lord Šiva through vigilant sãdhana, such as pooja, japam and meditation on the night of Chaturdaši day (14th day from the full moon) of the Hindu calendar month Mãgha ensures success. It is presumed that those who chant the name of Lord Šiva on this day are freed from all sins and are also liberated from the cycles of birth and death.
The Virtual Šri Šiva Pooja (*with Bãna Lingam – optional) Online will be conducted using Zoom Meeting as follows:
Date: March 11, 2021 (Thursday) – at 11:59 pm (EST)
Fee: $31.00 per participant
*OPTIONAL – Bãna Lingam with silver base $40.00 each
(Devotees must purchase in person directly from the Temple Counter – NO MAIL ORDERS)
Prior registration is required to participate. Scroll below and click ‘add to cart’ option.
Zoom meeting ID and password will be emailed to registered participants on March 10, 2021 (Wednesday).
For complete info during Mahã Šivarãtri please see: nyganeshtemple.org/sivaratri2021
Last date for registration to participate:
March 10, 2021 (Wednesday) – at 5:00 pm – No registrations will be allowed after this, no exceptions!
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Last date for Bãna Lingam (optional) pickup:
March 11, 2021 (Thursday) – pickups available at the Temple Counter until 12:00 noon
Internet and Computer Requirements:
This is an online program and therefore, you’ll be required to have a reliable Internet connection and a suitable device such as a PC, laptop or tablet. Cell phones may not be suitable to take this program. The Pooja will be offered via Zoom Meeting.
Please check your Internet and computer requirements at: https://zoom.us/test before registering for this program.
Also, please prepare for the Pooja as detailed below. The participants may not be able to ask questions during the online Pooja.
Preparing for Virtual Šri Šiva Pooja
Prepare yourself before commencement of pooja:
Please login to Zoom meeting at 11:45 p.m. on March 11, 2021 (Thursday) and wait to be admitted into the meeting. This may take up to 10 minutes!
Since there is only one virtual session, please login on time. The Virtual Pooja will start at 11:59 p.m. for those who have already logged in.
Total time duration for ritual is approximately 25 minutes.
The Virtual Šri Šiva Pooja will be conducted by our Temple Priest and assisted by a Technical Admin.
How to participate in Virtual Šri Šiva Pooja?
As per one’s family tradition, wear a neatly washed cotton or silk dress.
Wear the Basma / vibhuti / kumkum / chandan according to one’s family tradition and practices
Keep the following items ready:
- Picture or vigraha of Lord Šiva (or Bãna Lingam)
- silver/brass/copper/stainless steel plate
- Panchapatram / cup with uddharani / spoon – fill with clean water
- Akshata (raw rice mixed with turmeric powder)
- Flowers, incense sticks and harati
- Any offering / naivedyam – fruits or dry fruits, home-cooked food or sweets
Light a lamp or candle and place it appropriately in the altar/pooja mantap.
Sit comfortably on the floor and keep your laptop or computer monitor in front of you with adequate audio level. (Try to play some music and check the audio levels BEFORE logging into the meeting!)
If you have difficulties sitting on the floor, you may sit on a raised seat or a chair.
Religious ritual – step by step procedures:
1. Lighting of Lamp
2. Invocation Prayer
3. Prayer to Šri Ganapati
4. Invocation of Lord Šiva and prayer
5. Chanting of Bilva Samarpana Šloka & Šri Šiva Panchãkshara Mantra
6. Ashtottara Šata Nãma Archana
7. Upachãra (honoring)
8. Offer of Naivedyam (food offering)
10. Reading of Mahã Šivarãtri Katha (Story)
11. Closing prayer & Namaskãra/prostration