Shivratri - Significance of Shiva’s Symbols

Onlinetemple.com wishes all devotees a blessed Shivratri. As per the traditional Indian calendar, Shivratri falls on the 14th day of each lunar month or the day before Amavasya (new moon). Maha Shivratri, which falls in the months of February or March, is more spiritually significant than other Shivratris. On the night of Shivratri, the northern hemisphere of earth is positioned in such a manner that there is a natural increase in human energy. On this auspicious occasion let us get to know the real significance behind the symbols associated with Lord Shiva.

Lord Shiva is pure, infinite and has no beginning or an end. It is written in the ancient texts that Lord Shiva lives on Mount Kailash, which is under the Pole Star. The Pole Star represents the north and appears to have a constant position in the sky. It does not move around other planets and stars. Thus, the Pole Star symbolizes a world where nothing is born or dies or nothing ever changes. The direction of the Pole Star therefore represents the direction of spiritual reality. Lord Shiva lives in this direction, the north.

No one ever knows when a mountain was born. Nor did any one see a mountain die. The mountains therefore represent the stillness and stability of spiritual reality. Lord Shiva is believed to be living on Mount Kailash, the symbol of spiritual reality. In some ancient texts, Lord Shiva is depicted meditating under a banyan tree whose branches are anchored firmly to the ground. A lay man cannot really figure out the beginning or the ending of the tree. This tree, which represents infinity, is the symbol of Lord Shiva, the infinite.

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