God Shiva is one of the principal deities of the Hindus. Shiva is different from all other Indian gods and goddesses because He is as intense as He is mellow. The aarti of Shiva sung by his devotees speak in praise of the Lord. It is always sung after a prayer is performed in his obeisance. Not just Shiv aarti, even elaborate fire worship is observed in Indian homes on the occasion of Maha Shivratri puja. The prayer conducted to the Lord is meant to relieve the believer of all afflictions.

In the Shiva arti, Lord Shiv befits the name 'Maheshwara' as it denotes one who is the creator, preserver and the destroyer of this universe. His true devotees view Indian gods Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh all combined into one Supreme Being 'Om'. Swami Shivananda says one who recites the Shiva aarti (given below) with full dedication will attain fulfillment of his heart's desires. The Shiva aarti is indeed a melodious way of remembering the Lord.

Reciting Lord Shiva Aarti on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri is believed to invoke divine blessings of Lord Shiva. This aarti is sung in the praise of the Lord and is recited by Shiv bhakts (devotees) around the world. If daily recited at the time of puja, the aarti is said to provide you the special blessings of the Lord and help you liberate yourself from all the sins. It is also believed that this aarti makes the Lord happy and in return, He fills your live with happiness and prosperity. For better understanding of this aarti, we are providing English translation, along with the Hindi verses Aarti.

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