Monday, January 18, 2010
Shivaratri in Taos
Though I'm personally only loosely affiliated with the Hanuman Temple in Taos, its the best place I've been (in this lifetime, anyhow) to celebrate the all night party that is known as Sivaratri. The celebration offers devotees and truthseekers a glimpse of the beauty of the union of Siva and Parvati, and of linga and yoni (yes, SEX!!) in most pure and universal manifestation.
A past Sivaratri Celebration in Taos . . .
The celebration begins at around sundown, this year on February 12, and lasts till the sun comes up. Great chai and kirtan (call and response chanting), a campfire out front, a bit of Cannabis consumption on the semi-lowdown (smoking charas--"hashish"--is a big part of the traditional celebration of this thousands of years old celebration in India and elsewhere, but is still unfortunately not legal for devotees in this country, despite supposed religious liberty), a great middle of the night vegetarian feast, and an amazingly colorful band of devotees manifest for this party in Taos on the night of the dark moon in the month of Maagha (sometime in February or March).
Yes, it's cool the love dicks and vaginas!!!
May or may not make it there myself, but if you're in the area and feel inclined to observe this night of worship of the Divine Masculine and Feminine united, linga-yoni devotion, and good food and good worship, do stop by . . .
Hanuman Temple garden . . .
Central Temple room . . .
Narmada River Linga stone in Yoni chalice . . .
Hosting the event in Taos, Hanuman . . .