Published On: Sun, Feb 19th, 2012

Maha Shivaratri 2012 in Mauritius: Nine Pilgrims seriously injured in Petrin Accident



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News update: 19/02/12, 16:44

An accident happened at around 3:00 this morning, nine pilgrims who were coming from Grand Bassin were hit by a van. The accident took place at Petrin which is 2 KM from Grand-Bassin. The nine injured people were rushed to the hospital and their health condition is very serious. The cause of this accident is still unknown and there is an ongoing police investigation.

 

Maha Shivaratri

The Maha Shivaratri is the most celebrated festival every year by Hindus in India, Mauritius and other countries in reverence to Lord Shiva. This year 500,000 pilgrims are expected at Grand Bassin, every year there are thousands of people all over the island who flock to the sacred lake.

MAHA SHIVARATREE SERVICES – 2012

The National Transport Corporation ( CNT ) is pleased to inform the public that on the occasion of Maha Shivaratree, bus services (CNT) to GRAND BASSIN will be as follows:

Friday,17 February 2012:

Riviere du Rempart: 6:00 to 16:00
Port Louis ( Immigration ) 6:00 to 16:00
Curepipe (Ian Palach South) 8:00 to 21:00
Bonne Terre Depot 08:00 ( 24 hours service)

Saturday 18 February 2012 and Sunday 19 February 2012

Riviere du Rempart: 6:00 to 16:00

Port Louis ( Immigration ) 6:00 to 16:00

Curepipe (Ian Palach South) 6:00 to 21:00

Bonne Terre Depot: 06:00 (24 hours service)

Grand Bassin, the sacred lake in Mauritius Video

 

The rituals for Maha Shivaratri consist of the bathing of the linga with water, milk and honey, and Wood apple or bel leaves added to it symbolizing the purification of the soul. The fast, the pilgrimage to Grand Bassin and The Big Night of Shiva (Char Pahar Ke Puja) are very important.
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The Maha Shivaratri must consist of the following six important items:

1. Betel Leaves – The offering of the betel leaves (betel) represents the satisfaction from worldly pleasures
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2. Vermillion paste (sindoor)- applying sindoor on the linga represents virtue.

3. Food items such as fruits are offered to the lord to ensure that all the desires in the lifetime are fulfilled.

4. Incense sticks is lighted in front of the lord to gain wealth.

5. Lamp (Diya) – The lighting of the lamp signifies the attainment of knowledge

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Forms of Shiva

Lord Shiva appears in many forms, some of them are Shivalingam, Mahadeva, Harihara, Bhairava, Panchanana and Nataraja.

Mahadeva

In this form, Shiva is seen meditating with the moon in his hair, holding the trident and drum.

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Shiva, the Lord of the dance, Nataraj

Nataraj is another form of Shiva, Shiva’s Nataraj’s dance represents both the destruction and the creation of the universe. Shiva’s dance symbolises the eternal rhythm life and death which never ends. In the form of the lord of the dance, Shiva is seen giving “darshan” to his devotees and at the same time he crushes the demon of ignorance called Apasmara Purusha. Shiva comes in the form of Nataraj for the welfare of the world.
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Shiva is also known as “Trimurti”. In the trimurti, In the Trimurti, Shiva is the destroyer, while Brahma and Vishnu are creator and preserver. The three white lines on the “shivling” drawn by the priests indicates these three characteristics.

Maha Shivarati in Mauritius

In Mauritius, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with great devotion. Hindus start preparations three weeks before the festival. Some Pilgrims carry “Kanwars” to Grand Bassin, the sacred lake discovered by Pandit Gosain Naipaul.

This year, 500,000 people are expected to go to Grand Bassin. Pilgrims living in the North of the island began their journey to Grand Bassin on Wednesday.
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Devotees spend sleepless nights to decorate and build kawars which they will carry to the sacred lake.

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Preparation for Maha Shivaratri in Mauritius 2012 – In French

Maha Shivaratri Celebrations and Preparations in Mauritius Video ( In French )

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