There are usually twelve or thirteen Shivaratri in a year that falls on the day of Triyodashi before the full moon. It is considered an auspicious day for Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Maha Shivaratri and Sawan Shivaratri are the most famous one. This festival signifies an immense power of the universe emerged in Lord Shiva. It falls on the new moon in the month of Maagha as per the Hindu calendar. This year it falls on 4th March 2019.
Mahashivratri is one of the largest and most significant among the sacred festival nights of India. This is darkest night of the year and the celebration of the grace of God Shiva. God Shiva is considered to be Adi Guru according to Hindu Mythology. The planetary positions on this night are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system. It is enormously beneficial for one’s physical and spiritual wellbeing to stay awake and aware in a vertical position throughout the night. Lord Shiva is considered as the soul of everything.
Important Timings Of Maha Shivratri
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins = 16:28 on 4/Mar/2019
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends = 19:07 on 5/Mar/2019
Nishita Kala or the time when Lord Shiva manifested as Shiva Lingam on earth is the most important time of the night for Shiva puja.
The sound vibrations of the mantra “NA MA SI VA YA” are the sounds of the five elements:
- NA is a sound for the earth element
- MA is a sound for the water element
- SI (pronounced like the English word "she") is a sound for the fire element
- VA is a sound for the air or wind element
- YA is a sound for the ether or causal plane
These sounds help you harmonize with all the five basic elements of nature, which constitute every matter in the universe.
Rituals of MahaShivratri
The devoted soul observes fast on the holy occasion of MahaShivratri.
The devotees offer prayers, chant Vedic Mantras. The special Bela leaf is offered (leaf of wood apple) to Shiv.
Shiv Lingam is bathed with milk, water
The Shiva temples all around the world are decorated with lights and flowers.
Devotees offer flower, fruits and seek blessings from Lord Shiv.
Unmarried Women observe fasting on the auspicious day of Shiv Ratri and pray to get companion as Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is considered as the best companion according to mythology.
Married Women observes fast on the occasion of Mahashivratri to have bliss married life.
The devotees of Lord Shiva stay awake through the night of Shivratri. Keeping awake all the night is the symbol of awareness and the devotees of Lord Shiva meditate and rejoice the Shiv Tattava (Shiv Tattava is the energy on which the whole creation rests, Lord Shiva is the soul of everything present in this universe).
Maha Sivaratri is crucial for gaining control over the Rajas Guna (excess passion) and Tamas Guna (ignorance) by observing Vrat.
Millions of people visit the 12 Jyotirlinga Shiva temples or their local temples to offer prayers and witness the Rudra Abhisekham of Lord Shiva on this night.
The significance of Maha Shivratri
The lord Shiv devotees who observe fast on the spiritual day of Mahashiv
- Fulfillment of wishes
- Blessings of peace, prosperity, and happiness
- Long and blissful married life
- Blessing of a husband like Lord Shiva for unmarried women
- Help get rid of sins and attainment of salvation
- Devotees can get liberation from their sins if they take the name of Lord Shiva during this auspicious night.
- On this night Shiva performed the Tandava dance, the furious dance of all creation and destruction in the Universe.
Stories Behind the Celebration Of MahaShivratri
There are many historic spiritual stories behind the celebration of the Mahashivratri. Some of the devotees
#According to other notion of Hindu mythology (Shiv Purana), long ago the two triads of Hindu Gods, Lord Bhrama and Lord Vishnu was having the opinion differences on the ground of superiority. They were arguing to each other whom so ever is superior among two of them. In order to make Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu realize the futility of their light, Lord Shiva assumed the huge column of fire in between both of them. So in order to establish the supremacy over each other, Lord Bhrama and Lord Vishnu decided to find the one end of the fire. Brahma assumed the form of a swan and went upwards and Vishnu as Varaha went into the earth. But light has no limit and though they searched for thousands of miles, neither could find the end. Unable to find the uppermost limit, Brahma decided to end his search and take the flower (ketaki,
# Another reason to explain the divinity for all-night worship of Lord Shiva on the spiritual occasion of Mahashivratri lies behind the holy faith of a tribal man. Long ago there was a tribal man who was a Lord Shiva devotee,
#The common believes lies in the historic event of Hindu Mythology, that on the occasion of Mahashivratri Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. Maha Shivratri celebrates the union of Shiva and Shakti, the two greatest forces of the Universe.
# After the spiritual day of Mahashivratri,
Celebrations Of Mahashivratri in other parts of India
In Southern Karnataka, the children are allowed to get into various kinds of mischief and ask for the punishment as the rituals on the