Frequently Asked Questions

Registration related queries

Where can I register for the event in local centers or online?

You can register for the event either at the local centers or online:

Please visit Mahashivratri page and go to “Attend In Person” to complete the registration. In case of any queries, you can submit an enquiry and a volunteer will call you in 4-7 days to explain the various seating options.

Note: Due to the overwhelming response to the event, if we are not able to attend to you and you do not hear back from us within this period, you can call the registration point in the respective centers/ can give the local center details.

After you indicate the category of your choice an email with a donation link will be sent to you within 24- 48 hours entitled ‘please complete your donation’.

Please check your spam folder as it may land there. Please note donation link is active for 30 days.


Do I need to bring photo id card?

Yes, please bring a valid Govt. issued photo identification card that you used while registering for Mahashivarathri seating pass.

For overseas participants Passport with valid Visa is mandatory.


What time do I need to be in event venue?

Check-in counters for registered participants will be open from 12:00 PM on the day of the event. Toilets and refreshing facilities are available in the celebration venue. Please bring printout of your e-pass that was send by email.


I don’t know Tamil language; can I attend this program?

Mahashivarathri will be conducted in English with Tamil, Hindi and Mandarin translation.


Can Diabetic or people with heart ailments or Hernia attend?

Yes. Please bring your medication with you.


I have difficulty sitting on the floor

Chairs are provided throughout the event.


Can I bring my children? What is the minimum age required to participate?

During Mahashivarathri we do not have the facilities or resources to take care of children and/ or minors during the event. We request you to arrange guardianship at home for them while you are here.

Participants should be at least 10 years of age. If you wish to stay in Coimbatore with your family and bring everyone for MSR night that is also fine.


Can I register/donte for the Mahashivarathri seating pass when I come to the venue?

Due to the large scale of the event, it would be best if you register at least 15 days before the event to avoid any disappointments. Spot registrations on the day will be subject to availability.


How do I know if my registration is complete?

Within one business day after you have donated, you will receive a receipt for your donation and a confirmation email with your registration number. Closer to the event, you will receive an ePass by email.


I’ve not attended Inner Engineering, can I attend this program?

Yes, Mahashivarathri event is open to all.


How many people can participate for one seating pass?

In all categories, one person per seating pass. Seating passes are not transferable.


What is the difference between donation options?

Everyone will go through the whole process / event in the same fashion; one major difference is the proximity to the dias during Mahashivarathri.


Is it possible to get cottage accommodation with lower donation options?

We apologize –There will not be any accommodation available for Mahashivarathri.


I am donating for Ganga and my parents are donating for Mahanadi. Can they sit with us?

You can sit with your parents in Mahanadi bay area. But your parents will not be able to sit with you in Ganga bay area.


How can our parents/relatives who have not donated for Ganga/ Yamuna/ Mahanadi accompany us?

They could avail the Mahashivarathri seating pass either for the same bay as yours or any other bay they wish to donate for and attend the event.


What are the modes of donation for India?

You can donate through Wire transfer. Once the funds are cleared and reach the Isha bank account, your participation can be confirmed. We advise you not to book travel tickets till your participation is confirmed. Online card payment and cash payments are possible if you visit any of the offline RPs. We DO NOT accept cheque payment.


Can someone else donate for my participation?

Yes, the donor can be any person. Accordingly, the donation receipts will be raised only to the donor. You cannot make the donation in parts.


Can I make part donation before program and part donation after the program

No


Can I bring my vehicles? Is parking available?

Limited parking spaces are available. Parking is at owner’s risk and no liability will be taken by event organizers.


Participation related queries

Can I attend this event if I’m pregnant or having my periods?

Yes, you can attend.


What is the dress code for this program?

Traditional Indian clothing is encouraged. Please adhere to a modest style of clothing while in the ashram. Both men and women must cover shoulders, upper arms, legs till ankles and midriff at all times. Proper western attire
includes: ankle length pants for both men and women (no capris or shorts) and long shirts that cover upper arms. Please avoid tight clothes – both for your own comfort and as a sign of respect for the local culture.

During Yaksha and Mahashivarathri, festive ethnic Indian wear is encouraged.


It is advised to carry warm clothes and a blanket for the nights.

From December to March, the weather is moderately cold during the night and warm during the day with temperatures reaching a minimum of 17°C (62.6°F) and a maximum of 35°C (95°F)


Is there any possibility to wash clothes?

Due to severe water shortage at the yoga center, washing of clothes will not be possible. Laundry facility will not be available. Please bring enough sets of clothes for the entire duration of the program.


How can I reach Isha Yoga Center after reaching Coimbatore?

Regular buses and taxis are available between Coimbatore and Isha Yoga Center. From Gandhipuram Town Bus Stand, Coimbatore to Isha Yoga Center- Bus No. 14D, every half an hour starting from 5.30 am in the morning.

Isha Travel Help Line:9442615436, 0422-2515430

  • Taxi Taxi: 0422-40506070, Airport Prepaid: 99764 94000,
  • Fast Track: 0422-2200000 (Please check charges and book in advance).
  • Ola/Uber taxis through Mobile apps.

What is the criteria for attending MSR event?

There are no criteria, any one above 10 years of old and of reasonable physical fitness can attend the event.


Can I use my mobile phone?

Due to the nature of the program, and for you to make the most of it, you can keep the use of mobile phone to minimal during the program.

NOTE: Mobile phone charging facility will NOT be available.


What kind of food do I need to carry during event?

Maha Annadhanam will be provided for all participants who will be attending the event. If you have to carry your own food due to dietary conditions you can carry wholesome vegetarian meals.


Do I need to bring any yoga mats? – participant related

No need to bring yoga mats.


Could you please tell me about event timings?

Event starts at 6 pm, please be seated by 5 pm. Devi procession will start by around 7 PM.


Can I talk to Sadhguru during the program/after the program?

As Sadhguru would be completely focused on the event, this may not be possible. It is advised that you fully involve yourself in the process, and make it easier for Him by giving yourself 100% to the instructions. He will be guiding us throughout so let us support this.


Event related queries

Can I know more about adiyogi pradakshina?

Pradakshina is a process of circumambulating a powerful energy source in a clock wise direction to imbibe its energy. This can be especially potent at 11 degrees latitude where the isha yoga center is located. The adiyogi pradakshina has been created by sadhguru for one to become receptive to the grace of adiyogi which can fuel one’s striving towards ultimate liberation. It is open for all.

Pradakshina timings: Feb 13th 2018 form 6 am to 2 pm
Also on Feb 14th 2018 from 6 am onwards


What is the duration of the program?

Yaksha is a 3-day event followed by Mahashivarathri which is one night event.

Feb 10 to 12: Yaksha (6PM – 8PM every night)
Feb 13 : Mahashivarathri (6PM – 6 AM)


Is there an option to do General Donation or Aanadhanam separately which is NOT pertaining to Seating passes?

Yes, can do so for general donation here

Please note donation made in this link cannot be used for seating passes or for any other purposes including cottages, etc.


Can I make half of general donation from overseas account and half of general donation from Indian account?

Yes, it is possible for general donation. When you are donating from a bank account based out of India, you need to provide the Indian mobile number, Indian Address, PAN number

If you are donating from an Overseas bank account, you need to provide Overseas contact number, overseas Address, Passport copy.

In case of seating passes, payment should be form one account type either India overseas depends upon nationality and country of residence.


Can pregnant women do mahashivarathri sadhana?

Chanting can be done.


Will participants be able to attend the Yaksha concerts on 10 – 12 Feb evenings?

Yes


I would like to volunteer myself for mahashivarathri program, could you please share link to register for the same?

Every Mahashivratri is special in Isha. It is an event that is watched by millions around the world via live webstream and hundreds of thousands of people attend. It is a privilege to attend and participate in the enormous preparation both inside the Isha Yoga center and at the Mahashivratri venue, to welcome and support people coming from all over India and overseas.

Offering yourself through action is also a way to enhance your receptivity to this powerful process.

Volunteering Registration process will be announced shortly.

Volunteering link


Would like to know about MSR sadhana.

The Mahashivarathri sadhana is a preparation for Mahashivarathri –a night of tremendous possibilities. This sadhana can be done by anyone over the age of eight can participate in the sadhana, which can be done for a duration of 40/21/14/7 or 3 consecutive days leading up to Mahashivarathri on February 13, 2017. This sadhana will culminate at Dhyanalinga (or optionally at home).

For further information please visit the link

You can hear the chants and watch the Shiva Namaskar video here


What is Yaksha?

An Exuberance of music and dance leading up to Mahashivaratri. Yaksha will be happening between February 10th to Feb 12 2018 at Isha Yoga Center.

In an endeavor to preserve and promote the uniqueness, purity and diversity of the country’s performing arts, Isha Foundation annually hosts Yaksha, a three-day festival of culture, music and dance with performances by renowned artistes.

We invite you to immerse yourself in a profound experience of India’s majestic ancient culture.

Yaksha 2018 Artistes

1.Rakesh Chaurasia
Hindustani Flute
10th February

2.Vidushi Shruti Sadolikar Katkar
Hindustani Vocal
11th February

3.Chitraveena N Ravikiran
Chitra Veena
12th February


Sadhana Q&A

What is the hands/ palms position when chanting in cross legged position?

Sadhguru has not specified any particular hand position. You can place your hands in a way that is comfortable to you


Should I wear only white or light coloured clothes for the day of culmination or for the entire sadhana period?

For the entire Sadhana period


Can I remove the black cloth that is to be worn on the arm, like during showering or bathing in the sea?

The cloth should not be taken off during the entire Sadhana period for any reason


If vibuthi is not available, could something else be used or better to put nothing?

Please apply only vibuti- its best to use Vibhuti obtained from Isha, to ensure authenticity and also it has been consecrated.


Neither neem or vilva leaves are available to me, neither I can order neem powder to soak overnight and consume. Can I use something else (in Europe we have bay leaves ie) or skip this part? Also what could be offered to the Dhyanalinga on culmination instead of 3 neem leaves?

Neem and Vilva leaves can often be found at Indian stores around the world. You can order neem powder and make small balls of the powder mixed with water and consume them. If neem and vilva is not available, you can skip this for the culmination.


Could you tell me if I was to add in shiva Namaskar and chant in morning where in practise would I do it? Before or after or In between?

There is no particular sequence, just ensure shivanamaskar is done before sunrise or after sunset.


What are the instructions for doing Mahashivarthiri Sadhana?

You should follow the instructions below.
Soak 8-10 peppercorns together with 2-3 vilva or neem leaves in honey, and a handful of groundnuts in water, overnight. After the Shiva Namaskar and chanting, chew the leaves, consume the peppercorns after mixing them with lemon juice, and eat the groundnuts as well. If neem or vilva leaves are not available, please take neem powder balls. Neem powder is available at IshaShoppe.com. Please be sure to finish your regular sadhana such as Shambhavi Mahamudra before consuming these


Do you blow candle out after your morning or afternoon sadhana or leave burning ? and do light candle at Start of your Sadhana?

The lamp/candle should be lit at the start of your practices. Ideally you light a lamp and leave it burning after the Sadhana, but if using a large candle or if you have safety concerns to leave it burning, you can put it out after your Sadhana by using a flower to snuff it out. Best not to blow it out.


When do you put the black cloth on arm before you start morning sadhana or after or during and when do you take it of and then put it until next day? Do you use in only during chants or all through chant and Namaskar or through all of your morning Sadhana see above for my current Sadhana ?

You should leave the black cloth on the arm throughout the Sadhana period (40, 21, 14, 7 or 3 days) and not remove it during this period.


What kind of herbal powder is it?

You can get snanam powder from Isha centers. If you cannot get that, you can use something something organic which doesnt have chemicals


How to you make at home? and what do you need for get to make vibhuti? and when do you apply before or after or during your morning Sadhana? Do you leave it on for the day?

You can apply it before your Sadhana and leave it on after that. You cannot make Vibhuti at home, best to get it from a trusted source. It’s good if you can use Vibhuti obtained from Isha to ensure authenticity, and the Vibhuti from Isha has also been consecrated.


I am reaching the ashram on 19th of Feb. As food restrictions for the Mahashivaratri sadhana calls for meals after 12, will we get meals at that time? Do we have to bring peppercorns, ground nuts etc to be consumed in the morning?

A meal will be provided after 12 for those participating in the Sadhana. You will need to provide your own peppercorns, groundnuts, lemons, etc.


Is it recommend to carry black cloth in pocket and not to tie?

The cloth must be worn on the arm.


what if I miss sadhana? Than can I start again from the next day?

When you decide to participate in this Sadhana, it is important you make the commitment to do the Sadhana every day. If you are committed, you will be able to find a way to do this. You can do it any time before sunrise, so you can make sure you wake up early enough to do it before starting your day. This sadhana is very powerful and has the possibility of transforming your life, so please see how to make this happen for you!


Is it compulsory to do jagran? What if I asleep in between? As I am in Manila (PHILIPPINES) so we have 2.5 hrs of time difference.

Remaining in Jagarana on the night of Mahashivaratri is an essential part of this Sadhana. Whatever efforts you are putting into the sadhana for 40 days, this is the night to reap the benefits, so you want to make maximum use of it. See whatever aids you can use to make yourself more alert, like taking a cold water bath, keeping your hair wet, you can get up and go for a walk. See if there is a local celebration you can join. You can even watch the live webstream from Isha Yoga Center online.


Can I do both Shivanga sadhana and Mahashivarathri sadhana?

Yes, you can
Sadhana clarification
Sadhguru has offered the following Sadhanas for the upcoming Mahashivartri:
1. Shivanga Sadhana: for men- this Sadhana culminates with a trek to Velliangiri Hill.

For more details visit:
Shivanga Sadhana and Initiation Schedule

2. Mahashivaratri Sadhana: for both men and women. 40/21/12/7/3 days’ Sadhana. Culmination at Dhyanalinga (or optionally at home).

For more details visit:
Mahashivratri Sadhana Instructions & Guidelines


Volunteering related queries

How do I register as a volunteer for Mahashivratri 2018?

You can register for Mahashivratri volunteering by filling out this form: click here

Only those who have done Inner Engineering / Isha Yoga can volunteer. All volunteers are encouraged to come at least 7 days in advance, i.e. 5th Feb.

Please note: Volunteer accommodation is available only to those who are coming on or before 9th Feb. Those who are coming after 9th Feb need to register in the dorm packages for accommodation. You are welcome to volunteer whenever you reach the ashram.


Do I need to bring a photo id card?

For Indians, please bring your passport, Voter ID card, Driver’s license or Aadhar card.

For overseas participants, a passport with a valid Indian visa is mandatory.

Note: Please bring the same photo ID card which you are uploading in the form here.


Do I need to register for one of the dorm packages if I am volunteering for more than 3 days?

No, volunteers will be provided a separate stay area. You do not need to register for any of the dorm packages.


What if I cannot come 3 days in advance? Can I not volunteer?

Definitely volunteering opportunities will be available to all those who come for Mahashivratri celebrations. An event like this would not be possible without the dedication & commitment of volunteers. But due to limited infrastructure at the Isha Yoga Center, it will not be possible for us to offer volunteer dormitory accommodation to those who come after 9th Feb. We thank you for your cooperation.

Those coming after 9th Feb can book a dorm package. (https://isha.sadhguru.org/mahashivratri/celebrations/participate/)


Where will volunteers be staying?

All volunteers will be staying in temporary dormitory facilities that are being created especially for Mahashivratri. We request all volunteers to plan accordingly. Please refer to Q7 for a detailed list of items to bring. An event of this scale is not about personal comfort and convenience, as Sadhguru wishes to make this opportunity available to everyone, and we are striving to do the same.


Will bedding be provided to us?

All volunteers are requested to carry their own bedding items. Including mattress, bedsheet & pillow. Ashram will not be providing any bedding items.
From December to March, the weather is moderately cold during the night and warm during the day with temperatures reaching a minimum of 17°C (62.6°F) and a maximum of 35°C (95°F). Please bring warm clothing & a blanket for the night.


What to bring?

Note: Family members coming as a group should keep their belongings and toiletries separate, as they may be given separate accommodation.

  • Toiletries
  • Torchlight
  • Umbrella
  • Mosquito repellant cream
  • Bedding items
  • Sufficient clothing
  • Warm clothing (shawl, sweater, etc.)
  • Medication (prescribed and general medicines for headache, fever, pain relieving gel, antacids for digestive disorders, etc.)
  • Luggage lock and key(s)
  • Power banks
  • Yoga Mat
  • Sleeping bags (If possible)
  • Water bottle
  • Hat or cap to protect against the sunlight

How about security? Is it safe?

The Isha Yoga Center is a safe place and security personnel are available 24/7. However with an event of this scale, we recommend you take extra care with regard to your belongings. As you will be staying in shared accommodation, please do not bring any valuables, jewelry, laptops, or expensive electronic gadgets. To safeguard your belongings, please carry a lock and key and keep your bags locked to be on the safe side.


Will mobile phone charging facility be available?

Limited charging facilities will be made available in the stay areas. Please do not leave your mobile phones unattended while charging. It would be best if you can carry your own mobile power banks.


What is the earliest I can arrive / latest I can leave the Isha Yoga center? What if I wish to arrive earlier or leave later?

Volunteers can arrive from January 5th onwards and stay up till 15th February. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay back after the event, you can follow the standard procedure of filling out this form and ensuring that dormitory accommodation is available.


During Mahashivratri, where will volunteers be seated? Do I need to book a seating pass?

Volunteers will be seated in a separate volunteer bay during Mahashivratri. You do not need to book a seating pass for yourself.


Can I register as a volunteer but get a seating pass as well? Will I be allowed to sit in the bay I have chosen?

As volunteers, we play a crucial role in how people experience the Mahashivratri event. We will be giving volunteers different activities to take care of during the entire night. Now that you have taken this decision of offering yourself as a volunteer for this Mahashivratri, we strongly recommend that you participate as a volunteer throughout the night. The experience of the program can be greatly enhanced simply by making oneself an offering to Sadhguru.

If you still wish to get a seating pass, you can do so after checking with your area coordinator.


What is the dress code for this program?

Traditional Indian clothing is encouraged. Please adhere to a modest style of clothing while in the ashram. Both men and women must cover shoulders, upper arms, midriff and legs up to the ankles at all times. Proper western attire includes: ankle length pants for both men and women (no capris or shorts) and long shirts that cover upper arms. Please avoid tight clothes – both for your own comfort and as a sign of respect for the local culture.

During Yaksha and Mahashivratri, festive ethnic Indian wear is encouraged.


Is there any possibility to wash clothes?

Due to severe water shortage at the Yoga Center, washing of clothes will not be possible. Laundry facility will not be available. Please bring enough sets of clothes for the entire duration of your stay.


I don’t know Tamil. Can I volunteer for Mahashivratri?

Yes, even if you cannot speak Tamil, you can volunteer.


Can diabetics or people with heart ailments or hernia volunteer?

Yes. Please bring your medication with you.


Can I bring family members / guests with me?

Only those who have done the Inner Engineering / Isha Yoga program will be allowed to stay in the volunteer accommodation. Other family & guests can register for Mahashivratri & join the nightlong celebration.


Can I bring my children? What is the minimum age required to participate?

The Isha Yoga Center does not have the facilities or resources to take care of children and/or minors during the program. We request you to arrange guardianship at home for them while you are here.


Can I bring my vehicle? Is parking available?

Limited parking will be available. If you wish to offer your vehicle to support with venue preparations, you can do so as well.


For additional questions, please call the helpline on +91 83000 83111, or email info@mahashivarathri.org.