Sayings Of Lord Siva

On "Sivaratri" (Holiest Day of Siva)

He who performs the worship of my phallic emblem and the embodied image on this day will be competent to perform the task of creation and the maintenance etc. of the universe.

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The devotee shall observe last on Sivaratri, both during the day and night. He shall perfectly restrain his sense organs. He shall adore (with flowers) to the extent of his strength. He shall not deceive any one.

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By the worship of me on Sivaratri day the devotee attains that fruit which usually accrues to one who continuously worships me for a year.

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This is the time when the virtue of devotion to me increases like the tide in the ocean at the rise of the moon. Festivities like the installation of my idols etc. on that day (Sivaratri) are very auspicious.

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Till the day break the devotee shall pass time in songs of prayer, musical instruments, devotional dances and other festivities along with his fellow devotees.

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Charitable gifts shall be offered, Brahmins and ascetics shall be fed with different dishes, their number being in accordance with what was decided before.

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He shall keep the awake during the night performing the worship in the different three-hour periods and singing songs of prayer or devoutly dancing.

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On the Sivaratri day after performing the routine, the devotee shall go to the temple of Siva and perform worship.

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The devotee shall worship Lord Siva particularly with the leaves of the Bilva tree.

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