Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life. He has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. His goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.


Mahashivratri Celebrations with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar brought together over a lakh people from 100 countries

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Mahashivratri Celebrations with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar brought together over a lakh people from 100 countries

Over a lakh people from 100 countries part of Mahashivratri celebrations with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

February 24, 2017
Bengaluru, India

The magic of one lakh people from 100 countries meditating together, accompanied by vibrations of sacred chants, the sound of cymbals, drums and devotional music filled the air at the pristine, colorful and lit-up Art of Living International Center on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

“Since thousands of years people have experienced and worshiped the Shiva Tattva. Shiva is peace, infinity, and beauty,” said Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “On the day of Shivratri, this Shiva principle, which remains above the material plane, touches the physical world. Shivratri signifies the wedding of the material with the spiritual.”

Some of the dignitaries present at the celebrations were Haris Silajdžić, academic and former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Selma Silajdžić, Bosnian pop singer, Sri Balamurugan Adimai Swami Of Ratnagiri Temple In Vellore, Mahesh Gagdaji, Chattisgarh Forest Minister, Rajendra Arlekar, Goa Forest Minister, Some esteemed members of European Parliament membersn, RV Deshpande, Minister of Tourism for Karnataka.

The Art of Living Maha Shivratri celebrations was marked by Rudra Puja, an ancient Vedic ceremony, chants and meditation across 58 locations in India and one location in Nepal.

The Maha Shivratri celebrations online as well as on television received over one million views.

“It is wonderful to feel the energy that touches the hearts of everyone,” said Veronica Guerrero from Spain. “It’s my first Shivratri here. Having the opportunity to connect with so many people in such a sacred atmosphere is a gracious gift for me,”

The official Art of Living Android App was also launched on the occasion of MahaShivratri.

MahaShivratri Over 1 lakh devotees

Mahashivratri Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Rudrabhishekam