The festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with great pomp throughout our country. This festival is one of the major festivals of Hindus. On the day of Shivaratri, everyone praises this festival with great fanfare.
According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on “Krishna Chaturdashi” of the month of Phalgun (February-March). Although Shivratri comes in every month, Shivratri on the day of Krishna Chaturthi of Phalgun month is called Maha Shivaratri. The importance of Shivratri on this day is very special and important. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness.
There is also a belief of Maha Shivaratri that the world began from this day. The festival of Shivaratri is celebrated with great pomp, enthusiasm, and devotion in India as well as all over the world.
Maha Shivaratri is the festival of worship of Lord Shiva. On this day, millions of Shiva’s devotees worship him with great devotion and joy. On this day, a crowd of devotees throngs to the temple of Lord Shiva, and millions of people consider themselves lucky by worshiping Shiva on the day.
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On the day of Maha Shivaratri, his special devotees fast for him and worship him with great devotion. His devotees offer Lord Shiva his favorite deity in the temple and receive the blessings to fulfill their wishes from Lord Shiva.
History of Maha Shivaratri
There are many mythological stories related to celebrating the festival of Maha Shivaratri, and some of them are as follows –
Story of Samundra Manthan
Once there was a churning between Gods and Demons, many valuable things came out in the sea. Whom the Gods and Demons divided among themselves. But when the poison came out of the sea, no one was willing to take it.
During this time, that poison began to mix in the seawater and spread far and wide. Due to the spread of this poison, many animals started dying, which gradually increased the risk of the life of all beings. Seeing this, all the Gods and Sages went to Lord Shiva and requested him to stop all this. Lord Shiva agreed, and to protect the entire earth, he put that poison on his throat with his yoga power. Since then, Lord Shiva is also called “Neelkanth.”
For this benevolence of Lord Shiva and to protect the universe, all the Gods worshiped his glory throughout the night and shouted that “Devon Ke Dev Mahadev” that’s why Lord Shiva is also called Mahadev. Since then, this day is known as the name of Maha Shivaratri, and this day is celebrated with great pomp, enthusiasm, joy, and devotion.
Story of Linga Purana
According to this Purana, the festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Shiva, and it is also believed that on this day, Lord Shiva appeared as the Shivalinga for the first time. Therefore, Shivalinga was also worshiped from this day.
There is also a belief in Hinduism that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married. Therefore, many devotees also worship Goddess Parvati along with Lord Shiva, and they worship both of them with full devotion to this festival.
Another belief is that Lord Shiva did Tandava on the night of Maha Shivaratri. Tandava means that it is a fundamental dance form of preservation, creation, and destruction. Therefore, Maha Shivaratri celebrated at night with great pomp and enthusiasm.
Significance of Maha Shivaratri
The festival of Maha Shivaratri holds great importance for those who want to go on the spiritual path.
The festival of Shivaratri is celebrated at midnight with great enthusiasm. All the devotees visit Lord Shiva’s temple at the auspicious time of Shivaratri and worship Lord Shiva with great devotion and sincerity. Devotees wake up throughout the night and sing hymns in the temple and chant the “Om Namah Shivaya” Mantra.
Fasting on the day of Maha Shivaratri and worshiping Lord Shiva with all their heart is very fruitful and fulfills all the wishes of the devotees.
On the day of Shivaratri, all the suhagan women fast for their husbands’ good health and the happiness of their married life. While unmarried girls keep this fast with the wishes of their future life partner to get the lifelike Lord Shiva considering as an ideal Life partner.
Why we celebrate Maha Shivaratri?
According to many mythologies, there is a different desire to celebrate this day. Some of them are like this:
On the day of Maha Shivaratri, the Shivling of Lord Shiva appeared for the first time; therefore devotees celebrated the birthday of Lord Shiva with great pomp, happiness, and enthusiasm.
According to another mythology, on the day of Shivratri, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married. That’s why Shivaratri is celebrated by all the people with all the enthusiasm and happiness.
There is also a mythology that on this day, Lord Shiva drank poison to save the entire universe, due to which he was also called “Neelkanth.” Maha Shivaratri festival is celebrated with full enthusiasm and happiness in this charity of Lord Shiva.
How do people celebrate Maha Shivaratri?
On the festival of Maha Shivaratri, all the devotees of Lord Shiva go to the temple and worship them, and some devotees keep fast, and throughout the night they do prayers and chant “Om Namah Shivaya” and “Mahamrityunjaya” Mantra.
On this day, all Hindu temples are decorated with flowers, garlands, and light. All the devotees in the temples have a different enthusiasm and happiness, which makes this festival so adorable.
How to wish Maha Shivaratri?
All the devotees gather in large numbers in the temple of Lord Shiva and continue to chant and keep forwarding Maha Shivaratri wishes.
All the devotees, playing hymns, songs, and music of Lord Shiva with great enthusiasm and happiness, greet each other with Maha Shivaratri wishes. With the Maha Shivaratri wishes, everyone cheers Lord Shiva’s festival with happiness and enthusiasm on this day.