Mahashivarathri – A Rapturous Night with the Divine

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(Isha Yoga Center, February 20, 2012): Isha Foundation will be celebrating the sacred night of Mahashivarathri on 20th February at the Isha Yoga Center at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains.

Over 8 lakh people from all parts of the world are expected to gather at the Center to participate in a nightlong Sathsang with Sadhguru.

Sadhguru's discourses and powerful meditations will be interspersed with musical performances by Padmashri Wasifuddin Dagar, the famed Indian classical singer of the Dhrupad genre, popular pop and playback singer Kailash Kher who is a favourite among the subcontinent's music lovers, and Colonial Cousins, comprising of the popular singer-composer duo of Hariharan and Leslie Lewis, who have enjoyed an enduring success in the music world for nearly two decades.

The celebrations will begin at 5.40 pm at the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple with Sadhguru conducting the Pancha Bhuta Aradhana – a unique opportunity to cleanse the five elements of the body which leads to health and well-being.

At the celebration grounds, the festivities begin with chanting followed by Sadhguru leading the audience through several preparatory spiritual processes. At the stroke of midnight Sadhguru will initiate the huge gathering into a very powerful meditation which is the most looked forward to event of the night. Cultural and musical performances are held in between meditations and discourses.

Annadhanam (a free offering of food) is served to hundreds of thousands of people on this auspicious night.

The celebrations will culminate at 6 am with a meditation by Sadhguru.

Mahashivarathri is one of the biggest and most significant of the sacred festival nights of India.

This, the darkest night of the year, celebrates the Grace of Shiva, who is considered the Adi (first) Guru from whom the yogic tradition originates.

The planetary positions on this night are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system.

It is enormously beneficial for one's physical and spiritual wellbeing to stay awake and aware in a vertical position throughout the night. In addition, the benefit of any yogic practices performed on this night multiply many-fold.

It is for this reason that in the yogic tradition it is said that one should not sleep on the night of Mahashivarathri.

To offer this possibility to people who cannot make it to Isha Yoga Center, Mahashivarathri celebrations will be telecast live on Aastha Channel, Jaya plus, Polimer and TV5. Isha Foundation will also host a live webcast of the event at

This night will also be celebrated at over 150 centers in India and across the world.

For further details contact: Anchal – 094878 95812




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