The festival of Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva. It is believed that a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivaratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha. According to sacred scriptures, ritual worship of Lord Shiva on Shivaratri festival that falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases Lord Shiva the most.

There are different legends of why Shivaratri is celebrated. The most popular belief is that of the samudra manthan. When the ocean was churned for the nectar of immortality poison (haalaa-hala) was also formed. Lord Shiva drank the poison to avoid its impact to other beings. It was held in his throat and was also advised not to sleep at night lest it gets into his full blood stream. This is why the night of Shivaratri devotees don’t sleep. The next day Dhanvantari the divine physician arrived with nectar of immortality.

Maha Shivaratri Festival Picture

Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is the oldest temple in Karnataka. This temple is in the foot of Nandi hills, within the temple precincts are three other temples including the Arunachaleshwara, the Uma Maheshwara and the Bhoga Nandeeshwara. Each of these temples has its own mythological significance. Traditionally Arunachaleshwara is said to represent the childhood of Shiva, Bhoga Nandeeshwara his youth, and Yoga Nandeeshwara on the hill top, his final renunciation stage. The representation of the youthful phase of Lord Shiva is of special significance for the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple . The best time to visit this temple is during Mahashivarathri.

Our Project Belmont is located wtihing 2 km distance of the temple. The wellness retreat of Arya Vaidya Pharmacy will have the deity of Dhanvantari, the physician god. This year Mahashivarathri is celebrated on 07th March.