Royal Moti Dungri Shiv Temple opened for public on Maha Shivratri in Jaipur
In Jaipur, temples have been decked up for the celebration of Maha Shivratri on March 10. The Hindu festival of Maha Shivratri festival is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar. The temples here will reverberate with chants of 'Nama Shivaya', 'Bam Bam Bhole Nath', and 'Hara Hara Mahadeva'.
A large number of devotees will visit the temple of lord Shiva on small hill called Moti Dungri, meaning ‘Pearl hill’ in the middle of the city which is opened to visitors once in a year on Maha Shivratri, The temple is located in the Moti Dungri palace which is the private property of ex-rulers of Jaipur. At the foothill of Moti Dungri is the famous Ganesh Giri temple.
Many devotees and worshippers will apply the Tripundra Tilak consisting of three horizontal stripes of holy ash symbolizing spiritual knowledge, purity and penance or yoga. The devotees will flock temples to bathe the Shiv Linga with water, milk and honey; offer bel-leaves; and take vow for purification of the soul.
Most Shiva temples in the city are going to organise Kirtans, and devotees will stay awake throughout the night chanting the name of Lord Shiva. In addition, discourses will be held on Shiva tatva related to enlightenment, yoga and auspicious-bestowing principle.
Commonly, the image of Shiva shown in a meditative yoga mudra performing severe austerities along with bearing of the Ganga, the moon and serpents with the snow-clad Kailash mountain in the background to signify the values of calmness and coolness to gain divinity.