Maha Shivaratri is one of the most significant festivals dedicated to Lord Shiva. The day has many interesting Mythological stories behind it. According to most of the legends, the day of Maha Shivaratri is associated with Lord Shiva and many cosmic events related to Him took place on the very same day. 
When is it celebrated?
There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month's 13th night /14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March) and before the arrival of spring, marks Maha Shivaratri which means "the Great Night of Shiva".

Maha Shivaratri Origin & Significance
Few of the popular beliefs that exist , behind observing Maha Shivaratri are -

  • It is believed that during the creation of the universe, Lord Shiva was incarnated as Lord Rudra during the midnight of Maha Shivaratri with the grace of Lord Brahma.
  • It is believed that Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati on the very same day. The festival is observed as the convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Hence, for many Shiva devotees, Shivaratri is observed as the marriage anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
  • As per Hinduism, the creation and the destruction of the universe is a cyclic process. When the time comes, Lord Shiva destroys the whole creation with the fire of His third eye while performing the cosmic dance known as Tandava.Hence, Maha Shivaratri marks the anniversary of cosmic dance performed by Lord Shiva. It is believed that during the churning of the great ocean the poison also came out of the sea along with the Amruth. It had the power to destroy the whole creation. Lord Shiva drank the poison and saved the whole world from destruction. Hence, Maha Shivaratri is observed as the thanksgiving to Lord Shiva.
  • The day of Maha Shivaratri is considered the most favorite day of Lord Shiva. Hence devotees worship Lord Shiva and observe a day and night long fast to please and to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva on His favorite day.
Maha Shivaratri Deity(s)
Lord Shiva is the main deity of Maha Shivaratri. Lord Shiva in the form of Lingam is worshipped on the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri.
You may say that, Maha Shivaratri is the day of ‘austerity’ rather being the day of joy and merriment. Maha Shivaratri is observed for a single day and night.

Maha Shivaratri Observance
  • The day and night long fasting
  • Worshipping Shiva Lingam
  • Abhishekam i.e. bathing the Shiva Lingam with water, milk and honey
  • Offering Bel Patra i.e. wood-apple leaves ( Vilva ilai)  to Shiva Lingam.
  • Offering white flowers to Shiva Lingam
  • Night long vigil while chanting Shiva Mantra and Stotram
Maha Shivaratri Dishes

  • Bhang and Thandai
  • In south, devotees who cannot do a full fasting, can cook Sakkaravelli kizhangu ( sweet potato) and mix it with sugar and eat once during the day.
Rangoli /Kolam for Maha ShivaRatri:-

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  • As a practicing Palmist / Numerologist , i find, whenever a person's passive palm has Dosha / defects due to deeds done in the yester years or previous jenma, success for that person can never be easy. It would always be a challenging path. For such persons, observing poojas and fasts on this most auspicious day, would significantly , dilute the misdeeds and bring in amazing good luck . Om NamahShivaayah !


Ratha Saptami (Sanskrit: रथसप्तमी or Magha Saptami) is a Hindu festival that falls on the seventh day (Saptami) in the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu month Maagha. It is symbolically represented in the form of the Sun God Surya turning his Ratha (Chariot) drawn by seven horses (representing seven colours) towards the northern hemisphere, in a north-easterly direction. It also marks the birth of Surya and hence celebrated as Surya Jayanti (the Sun-god’s birthday).
Ratha Saptami is symbolic of the change of season to spring and the start of the harvesting season. For most Indian farmers, it is an auspicious beginning of the New Year. The festival is observed by all Hindus in their houses and in innumerable temples dedicated to Surya, across India.

Religious significance
Ratha Saptami is symbolically represented in the form of the Sun God Surya turning his Ratha (Chariot) drawn by seven horses, with Aruṇa as the charioteer, towards the northern hemisphere, in a north-easterly direction. The symbolic significance of the ratha and the seven horses reigned to it is that , it represents the seven colours of the rainbow. The seven horses are also said to represent the seven days of a week starting with Sunday, the day of Sun god Surya. The chariot has 12 wheels, which represents the 12 signs (each of 30 degrees) of the Zodiac (360 degrees) and constituting a full year, named Samvatsara. The Sun’s own house is Leo (Simha) and he moves from one house to the next every month and the total cycle takes 365 days to complete. The Ratha Saptami festival seeks the benevolent cosmic spread of energy and light from the Sun God. Ratha Saptami also marks the gradual increase in temperature across South India and awaits the arrival of spring, which is later heralded by the festival of Ugadi or the Hindu lunar New Year day in the month of Chaitra.

What is the purpose of observing Ratha Saptami?
The scriptures proclaim that the word “ratha” is symbolic of the mind. The mind is the chariot. Innumerable thoughts arise in the mind. These thoughts are like different horses, which pull the mind in many different directions. To enable the mind to progress toward the divine, the right set of horses should pull it in the right direction. This, indeed, is the spiritual insight and the deeper meaning of Ratha Saptami.

These seven horses represents:-

1 The vital airs that dwell in the face.
2 The five senses of perception, plus the mind and the intellect.
3 The seven points of entry to the body are on -- the two eyes, the two ears, the two nostrils    and the mouth .These allow the seven adhyātma-prānās to nourish the soul. This pertains    to the celestial plane.
4 The other five fundamental elements -- earth, water, fire, air and space -- together with the    two principles called mahat and ahamkāra, are the seven-adhibhautika prānās, which            constitute the vital airs belonging to the physical plane.
5 The seven Chandas or metre used in composition of hymns, including Vedas, as Gayatri,      Brhati, Usnika, Jagati, Tristup, Anustup and Pankti.
6 The seven days of a week starting with Sunday, the day of Sun god Surya


Now let us see some common misconceptions , related to Palmistry!  

Misconception 1: A short life line , implies, that you are going to die young.

Reality:  Many octogenarians*  have short Life Line , but still they continue to live past age 80.
Meaning: Life Line alone does not decide your longevity. A defective (short/ broken/islanded) Life Line probably  indicates a major change in your life OR some bothering domestic issues.

* a person who is between 80 and 89 years old.

Misconception 2: I don’t have a Fate line, so i can never be rich.

Reality:  Many crore-pathis have feeble  Fate lines or sometimes no Fate line at all.
Meaning: A defective or altogether missing Fate line ( Line of Saturn ) is a indicator of – the level of satisfaction and importance, a person gets in his/her life. A person may be quite rich, but still if he is not satisfied OR not given importance, it is reflected as such type of defects.


Misconception 3: I have gap between these 2 lines. ( they refer the gap between the Head Line and the Life Line ), ‘I heard one of my friend say ‘ that  marriage life  will not be happy.

Reality: Many happily married couples , have this type of line formation(s).
Meaning:  The gap between the Head Line and the Life Line is simply an indicator of an independent and a bold person. It is only when this gap is too wide AND the Head Line is also defective AND the fingers are short / conic ----- the person is given to too much impulsiveness and unable to control their temper, thereby affecting their married life. Otherwise, seeing ONLY the gap between the Head Line and Life Line it is unwise and insensitive to say that your relationships are going to fail.
I have a close friend who has got quite some gap between the said lines. But the majority LOOP FINGERPRINTS on her fingers , and a long second phalange of her Thumb , gives her – quite an adjustable nature plus, a check for impulsiveness.


Misconception 4:  Right hand for men and Left hand for women.

Reality:  Read both palms with equal importance, before you arrive at a decision, be it male or female.


Misconception 5:  Lines do not change.

Reality:   It is the fingerprints, which never changes. Lines DO change either positively or negatively, depending upon your attitude ( positive or negative) , healthy routine( Yoga , Meditation , Mudras and similar habits) and eating habits( avoiding excess fatty , junk foods etc.,) . So to some extent, we are Slaves of our destiny and to some considerable extent  -- Masters of our destiny. Choice is in your hands !


Misconception 6:   Longer the Head Line , more intelligent he is.

Reality:  First of all, check if the long Head Line is without any defects. Even if the long Head Line is of fine quality , any thing of too much, is not good. We see many long Head Line people to be very stubborn and inflexible, which in turn primarily may affect his domestic life, for , he , may have the attitude, i am right, ALWAYS.


Misconception 7: Girdle of Venus is a very inauspicious marker, to have and is sign of too much sexuality.

Reality: In actuality , sometimes, it compensates for the missing Heart Line . In most cases, it is a sign of acute sensitiveness. It relates to too much Sexulaity, only when Line of Mars is deep and red, the mounts of Aggressive Mars and Mount of Venus are much developed and the little finger – longer than usual. Detailed information can be found under the topic Girdle of Venus, which will soon be published.


Misconception 8 A Palmist can tell even the minute details of your Life, say , for example – direction from which your partner will arrive, which country you will settle , the last fight you had with your sibling, the big red mole you may have in the middle of your abdomen etc etc.,

Reality: Sorry. Perhaps, a Psychic may be able to tell. Do not confuse such person with a Practical Palmist. A palmist will be able to narrate those incidents, which had profound impact on your Psyche, the good time and the bad time period(s). Altogether, there might be,  say,  7 to 8 incidents in your Life, which made strong impact upon you and changed the direction of your life. Only those periods would be etched in your palms. If each and every incident can be foretold, then , there will be no space on our palms!  

But who are we to label , that -- the break we see, or for that matter, any conspicuous defects in the main lines as bad. Perhaps, they are the seeds, due to which your Mount of Jupiter  has developed such a beautiful Ring of Solomon ! 

Perhaps because of all the pain, you have gone through, you are able to really fathom, the agony , of others,  struggling through life. As a result of which you take a positive step and  join some Psychology/ Counselling course or some Alternative medicine course,  and that could be the meaning behind the small but clear vertical lines , which have started to grow on your Mount of Mercury ! The vertical lines over the Mount of Mercury , is also known as Healing Stigmata. People with such vertical lines upon Mount of Mercury , have a helpful nature and they like to try out new things . Researchers , be it any field ( not necessarily only Science & Math) have this marker. A friend of mine , Engineer turned in to a Master Chef , who has a thing, for always trying out different recipes, has this marker.


Misconception 9: A Palmist has a special ‘ gift’ and supernatural powers.

Reality: Sorry. We do not. Atleast i do not have. All we have ( SHOULD have) is love and compassion for our fellow human beings, a sincere yearning , to help them in some small way atleast, to show them à the Sign post , as revealed by the Palm – so that they are propelled forward -- towards their destination , with lesser bumps, God willing.

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