e will be celebrating our most auspicious ritual of Shivratri (Hayrath) on February 11, 2010. Like any other festival, celebration of this festival has two parts:
Now, ask anybody around you who we worship on Shivratri? And why does our community perform this ritual on the eve of Shivratri rather than on the day of Shivratri itself, like rest of the Hindus?
(To get "Socio-Cultural and Religious Traditions of Kashmiri Pandits," literally a cultural treasure for Kashmiri Pandits, a book by this author, please visit
|* Mr. Piyaray Raina was born in Srinagar, Kashmir in 1936. He is Geologist by profession. He received initiation into spiritual fold at an early age. His spouse Krishna is a retired educator. His son Dijjotam is based in Atlanta and his daughter Jyoti is based in London. He is the author of “Socio Religious and Cultural Traditions of Kashmiri Pandits”. He writes regularly for various community magazines.
Mr. Raina is based in Atlanta and Gurgaon. He is the President of Samarpan Public Charitable Trust (Regd) which is engaged in various social, cultural and educational activities. He is also promoter of Crystal Children’s Centre (www.crystalchildrenscentre.com) preschool and activity centre for kids in Gurgaon.
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VERY GOOD WORK book is written with due care for beginners
Added By girija kaul
We are very thankful to all the team members and must appreciate the efforts on making it possible to breeze this exceptional information Globally.
Added By Sheetal Zadoo
This write-up needs revision by a scholarly person, well versed in the Agamic Puja of Kashmir.
Added By Chaman Lal Raina
This article is a good attempt but had an ample provision for further explanation.
Added By vinod razdan
Thank you Shehjar and thank you Piyaray Lal Ji for this timely article.
Added By Sham Gurtoo
Thanks a lot for such efforts and appreciate making it possible to bridge the gap between yesterday and present scenario.Please add more and more in order to cover our heritage of at least 50 years out of 500 years loss
Added By chand ji raina
This article though informative lacks the details of the steps and rituals to perform Shivaratri puja. I guess most of us are here to know the nuances of the puja
Added By Surya C
Thanks a lot. Can something for birthday puja be done on similar format.
Added By OmPrakash Wali
so many questions that i had about MAHASHIVRATRI ,why we do what we do,finally stand answered.thank you indeed.Looking forward to more.
Added By neelu raina