The festival of Shivratri falls on Mahavad Chaudas which falls in the months of February or March according to the English calendar - Lord Shiva is one of the Gods of the trinity. He is a jnana yogi who provides an example of how a person treading the path of knowledge should display the qualities of love, dispassion and selfless service. Lord Shiva sits in a meditative pose on Mount Kailash against the background of the snow capped Himalayas. His posture symbolises perfect inner harmony and poise, experienced by a man of realisation. He is rooted in God - consciousness and revels in the bliss of transcendental Reality. The vicissitudes of nature, challenges of life, the trials and tribulations of the terrestrial world do not affect Him at all. He maintains perfect serenity, equanimity and tranquility in all environments and circumstances. Being unaffected by the pull of senses He is the King of Yogis.
The pure white snow symbolises the absolute purity of mind. The trishul or trident symbolises the destruction of the ego with its three fold desires of the body, mind and intellect. It also represents elimination of the three gunas - sattwia, rajas and tamas, and the unfoldment of the Supreme Self. The symbol on His forehead inspires people to become 'Karma Yogis'. The swallowing and digestion of the poison 'halahal' suggests the readiness of a janana-yogi to suffer for the well being of the world. His association with the cremation grounds is symbolic of freedom from fear of death. To such a King of Kings and Yogi of Yogis, our eternal obeisances.