Shivaratri is a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva in order for humans to overcome darkness and ignorance in life and in the world. This festival honours Lord Shiva with prayer, fasting, yoga, tapas, deep meditation, following the Yama and Niyamas of life. In India they observe the Jaagaran, the all night vigil and prayers.
BHAKTI HRIDAYA MANTRA
OM BHAKTI HRIDAYA, SHANTI
I adorn you with the Gifts of Life,
I light a candle to the Hridaya of Life,
I move within the Paradise on Earth,
I live Nithya Nilayam everyday
I dwell in the Jewel of the Heavens
I AM the Bhakti of Life, the Bhakti Hridaya I AM!