Bangalore 21 February 2020: The magic of one lakh people meditating together, accompanied by vibrations of sacred chants, the sound of cymbals, drums and devotional music filled the air at the pristine, colorful and lit-up Art of Living International Center as over one lakh devotees from 50 countries gathered to celebrate the occasion of Mahashviratri.
The celebrations will start with Rudram chanting, meditation and music in the evening. Culmination of the ceremonies will happen with Rudra Homa at 4 AM on the 22 February. Prasadam is being served all day long for over a lac people at the center’s ISO certified mega kitchen.
Throwing light on the significance of the festival, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “Three types of peace are needed; one is material peace, peace in your environment, body and mind and is peace in the soul. Shivaratri is transcendental, divine consciousness which brings solace to all the three layers.“ “Since thousands of years people have experienced and worshiped the Shiva Tattva. Shiva is peace, infinity and beauty. It is a combination of stillness and dance,” Gurudev said.
He further added, “Shivaratri is one of the most significant days to meditate and come in touch with the deepest aspect of our consciousness. It is associated with India but the phenomenon is universal and that is why so many people from all over the world come here to experience it.”
The celebration is marked by Rudra Puja, an ancient Vedic ceremony, chants and meditation in around 200 locations of 22 states in the country. Lakhs of people from across the world joining the Maha Shivratri celebrations live exclusively on the Elyments app as well as on various regional television.
The evening will also witness the launch of Saregama Mini Caravan with exclusive Art of Living content including 400+ wisdom talks by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, chants, bhajans & meditation.