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Lord ShivaA joint presentation of the Indian Classical Music Circle and Polestar Gardens — Shivaratri Music Sadhana — will be presented 12 Noon to midnight Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Polestar Gardens at 7 Noni Farm Road in Pahoa.

The event will feature continuous 12-hour devotional vocal, kirtan and instrumental offerings on this auspicious day of Shivaratri.

There will be kirtan, stories and meditation in the temple with the Polestar community, and others. Maha Shivratri marks one of the most auspicious days in the Vedic spiritual calendar, the day affectionately celebrated by devotees of Shiva. Shiva is the lord of meditation and the guardian of all spiritual seekers across the world.

It is believed his consciousness is awakened to unparalleled levels on this festive occasion, and his heightened sense of elevation reverberates around the entire universe. Mahashivaratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the Tandava dance. Devotees observe a fast and offer fruits, flowers, bael leaves and music. Sadhana means long practice. This is an opportunity for many talented and dedicated musicians to offer a recital of classical Indian music and kirtan.

Kirtan is the group chanting of sacred names and sounds in Sanskrit and English accompanied by harmonium or guitar. Some of Parashuram Bhandari students, (Bhandari is a revered and well-lauded Nepali master of the sarangi, a strange and ancient relative of the violin), will be performing at this event.

Donations are appreciated. For information, see www.IndianClassicalMusicHawaii.com or www.polestargardens.org