Mahashivaratriis one of the biggest and most significant among the sacred festival nights of India. This, the darkest night of the year, celebrates the Grace of Shiva, who is considered the Aadhi Guru or the First Guru, from whom the yogic tradition originates. The planetary positions on this night are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system. It is enormously beneficial for one’s physical and spiritual wellbeing to stay awake and aware in a vertical position throughout the night, leading to physiological benefits, inner transformation, and overall wellbeing. In addition, the benefit of any yogic processes practiced on this night multiply manyfold. It is for this reason that in the yogic tradition it is said that one should not sleep on the night of Mahashivaratri.
At Isha Yoga Center,the night-long celebration of Mahashivaratri is the culmination of the Yaksha festival, a 7-day feast of music and dance. Every year, Mahashivaratri is celebrated with great exuberance and spiritual intensity. Over 8 lakh people gather from all parts of the world on this night to participate in a nightlong Sathsang with Sadhguru. Sadhguru’s discourses and powerful meditations, interspersed with music performances by celebrated and world-renowned artistes, open up the possibility of a deep spiritual experience.