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MSR Sadhana

MSR Sadhana

Mahashivratri Sadhana

The Mahashivratri sadhana is a preparation for Mahashivratri – a night of tremendous possibilities. Anyone over the age of seven can participate in the sadhana.


Sadhana Dates:

The sadhana can be of varying duration. You can do the sadhana for 40, 21, 14, 7 or 3 consecutive days leading up to Mahashivratri, February 21, 2020.

  • 40 days: Jan 13 – Feb 21
  • 21 days: Feb 1 – Feb 21
  • 14 days: Feb 8 – Feb 21
  • 7 days: Feb 15 – Feb 21
  • 3 days: Feb 19 – Feb 21

If culmination on Mahashivaratri is not possible, the process must be culminated at the yoga center before the next Amavasya (new moon). Know More


Sadhana Guidelines:

There are a few guidelines to follow during the sadhana period.

  • Do 12 cycles of Shiva Namaskar on empty stomach. Then chant the Sarvebhyo Chant thrice. This should be done once a day, before sunrise or after sunset.
  • Soak 8-10 peppercorns together with 2-3 vilva or neem leaves in honey, and a handful of groundnuts in water, overnight. After the Shiva Namaskar and chanting, chew the leaves, consume the peppercorns after mixing them with lemon juice, and eat the groundnuts as well. If the neem leaves are not available, the neem powder is available at IshaShoppe.com. Please ensure to finish your regular sadhana such as Shambhavi Mahamudra before consuming these.
  • A few points regarding the Shiva Namaskar practice:
      • Pregnant ladies are advised not to do Shiva Namaskar.
      • Ladies can do Shiva Namaskar during their menstrual periods.
      • People with hernia are advised to do the variations of Shiva Namaskar by using a cushion or a chair
  • Light an oil lamp once in the morning and once in the evening. If a lamp is not available, you can use a candle
  • Chant the Yoga Yoga Yogeshwaraya chant twelve times in the morning and twelve times in the evening after lighting the lamp. It is best to do this sadhana during the 40-minute sandhya kalas. Two significant sandhya kalas begin 20 minutes before and end 20 minutes after sunrise and sunset.
  • Have only 2 meals a day. The first meal should be after 12:00 noon.
  • If you feel hungry, you can drink the peppercorn-honey-lemon juice and water mixture again.
  • Avoid smoking, consuming alcohol and eating non-vegetarian food.
  • A black cloth should be worn, tied on the upper right arm for men and the upper left arm for women. Any black cloth can be used, but the cloth should be 12 inches in length and 1 inch wide. Those participating in the sadhana can procure the black cloth by themselves.
  • Wear only white or light-colored clothing.
  • Please have a bath or shower twice a day using herbal bathing powder. The herbal bathing powder is available at Isha Shoppe.
  • Apply Vibhuti on the following points: Agna – between the eyebrows, Vishuddhi – pit of the throat, Anahata – just beneath where the rib cage meets, and Manipuraka – just below the navel.