Saṅkalpa in this context means a solemn vow or determination to perform any ritual observance. The declaration of purpose and intent. For example, a declaration to perform chaturmāsa vrata which is for four months or a simple religious observance for a day or two.
The śivarātri vrata refers to the religious observation of kṛṣṇa-pakṣa chaturdaśī tithi as a penance to invoke the grace of Lord Śiva for forgiveness of all sins. The Mahā Śivarātri vrata is observed once a year in Magha māsa whereas every month has a māsika śivarātri vrata falling on the kṛṣṇa chaturdaśī of every month.
Sankalpa for the Śivarātri vrata is taken on the evening of the previous day i.e. magha kṛṣṇa trayodaśī which happens to be Sunday 3rd March, 2019.
With clean body, mouth and limbs we shall visit the Bhima-Shankara temple at Bhim Tal on the evening of 3rd March for the saṅkalpa.
We shall all be dressed in white clothes and without leather in the body.
- Carry a canvas purse if you must.
- Carry your japa mala in japa bag
- Carry some dakṣiṇā for the priest
After the evening puja and arati is completed, we have to do the following –
Take a little white rice, one flower, bilva leaf and a little water in your right hand. Say the following prayer and place it gently on top of the Śiva liñga.
Fold your hands in namaskāra and say the following
Thereafter perform daṇḍavata praṇām and pradaksina before leaving.