Why is Lord Shiva called as Neelkantha?

Why is Lord Shiva called as Neelkantha? What is the story behind why Shiva became Neelakantha? The festival of maha shivratri is celebrated each year on 13th or 14th day of Phalguna or Maagha month in reverence to Lord Shiva. As per Vedic literature, this festival is celebrated in association with samudra manthan (or churning […]

19 August 2013, Shravan Somvar Shiva Puja


Today, 19 August 2013 is Shravan Somvar vrat in North India. Shravan Somvar Shiva Puja has begun on 29 July as per North Indian Hindi calendars. 19 August 2013 is also observed as Shravana Vratha and Natarajar Abhishekam. As ‘Shivalinga Jalabhishek’ (offering of holy waters of Ganga) is the main ritual of Shravan Somvar vrat (Mondays […]