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Maha Shivratri 2020 Celebrations at Isha Yoga Center

Maha Shivratri, the great night of Shiva, is considered one of the most sacred festival nights of India. Celebrated last week, the “darkest night of the year”, saw Shiva devotees immersed in devotion at the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore. With Shiva in their hearts, and 'Shambho' on their lips, the devotees chanted mantras, fasted and prayed all day. What, however, stood out this year, is the participation from a younger audience who took up the “Don’t Yawn Till Dawn” challenge, floated by the foundation. Here are some of the pictures from the big night.

India | News18 | February 25, 2020, 12:02 pm
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 Maha Shivratri, the great night of Shiva, is considered one of the most sacred festival nights of India. Celebrated last week, the “darkest night of the year” saw Shiva devotees immersed in devotion at the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore. With Shiva in their hearts and 'Shambho' on their lips, the devotees chanted mantras, fasted and prayed all day. What, however, stood out this year, is the participation from a younger audience who took up the “Don’t Yawn Till Dawn” challenge, floated by the foundation. Here are some of the pictures from the big night. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Maha Shivratri, the great night of Shiva, is considered one of the most sacred festival nights of India. Celebrated last week, the “darkest night of the year” saw Shiva devotees immersed in devotion at the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore. With Shiva in their hearts and 'Shambho' on their lips, the devotees chanted mantras, fasted and prayed all day. What, however, stood out this year, is the participation from a younger audience who took up the “Don’t Yawn Till Dawn” challenge, floated by the foundation. Here are some of the pictures from the big night. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 According to Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation, who gained popularity among the millennials with his no-holds-barred conversation during the “Youth and Truth Series - #UnplugWithSadhguru”, the planetary positions on Mahashivratri night are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system. (Image: Special Arrangement)

According to Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation, who gained popularity among the millennials with his no-holds-barred conversation during the “Youth and Truth Series - #UnplugWithSadhguru”, the planetary positions on Mahashivratri night are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation greet devotees during Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation greet devotees during Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 While thousands gathered at the Isha Yoga Centre to participate in the night-long celebrations and midnight meditation conducted by Sadhguru, over 10 million watched the live streaming of the event on YouTube and over 100 channels across the world. (Image: Special Arrangement)

While thousands gathered at the Isha Yoga Centre to participate in the night-long celebrations and midnight meditation conducted by Sadhguru, over 10 million watched the live streaming of the event on YouTube and over 100 channels across the world. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Maha Shivratri festivities also included performances by Parthiv Gohil and his troupe. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Maha Shivratri festivities also included performances by Parthiv Gohil and his troupe. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Neeraj Arya of music band Kabir Cafe performs during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Neeraj Arya of music band Kabir Cafe performs during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Sounds of Isha got the audience break into joyful dancing. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Sounds of Isha got the audience break into joyful dancing. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Artistes perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Artistes perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 “To stay awake and sit erect throughout the Mahashivratri night is enormously beneficial for one’s physical and spiritual well-being,” he explained. (Image: Special Arrangement)

“To stay awake and sit erect throughout the Mahashivratri night is enormously beneficial for one’s physical and spiritual well-being,” he explained. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, who was the chief guest, also released the much-awaited book ‘Death – An inside story’ authored by Sadhguru. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, who was the chief guest, also released the much-awaited book ‘Death – An inside story’ authored by Sadhguru. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 A cultural performance at Isha Yoga Center on Maha Shivratri. (Image: Special Arrangement)

A cultural performance at Isha Yoga Center on Maha Shivratri. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Artistes perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Artistes perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 A cultural performance at Isha Yoga Center on Maha Shivratri. (Image: Special Arrangement)

A cultural performance at Isha Yoga Center on Maha Shivratri. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The ardent ones remained awake all night and practised intensive meditation to draw maximum benefits from the divine night. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The ardent ones remained awake all night and practised intensive meditation to draw maximum benefits from the divine night. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Shiva devotees at the Isha Yoga Centre to participate in the night-long celebrations and midnight meditation conducted by Sadhguru. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Shiva devotees at the Isha Yoga Centre to participate in the night-long celebrations and midnight meditation conducted by Sadhguru. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation interacts with the participants during the Maha Shivratri celebrations in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation interacts with the participants during the Maha Shivratri celebrations in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Artistes perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Artistes perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation greets the participants during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation greets the participants during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 A cultural performance at Isha Yoga Center on Maha Shivratri. (Image: Special Arrangement)

A cultural performance at Isha Yoga Center on Maha Shivratri. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Artistes perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Artistes perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation practising intensive meditation to draw maximum benefits from the divine night. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation practising intensive meditation to draw maximum benefits from the divine night. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 A cultural performance at Isha Yoga Center on Maha Shivratri. (Image: Special Arrangement)

A cultural performance at Isha Yoga Center on Maha Shivratri. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Musicians perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Musicians perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation poses with eminent personalities on the stage during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation poses with eminent personalities on the stage during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Artistes perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Artistes perform during the Maha Shivratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. (Image: Special Arrangement)

  • First Published: February 25, 2020, 11:37 am

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