India is a land of multiple cultures, religions & festivals. The majority of the population is Hinduism. The Mahashivratri is the most auspicious festival for Hindus. This festival is celebrated in every corner of this world but mainly in India. The Mahashivratri is celebrated to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. Devotees of Lord Shiva celebrate this festival with full of zeal & enthusiasm by keeping fast on this day & chanting the mantras of Lord Shiva for the whole night. Let’s know more about Mahashivratri:
Table of Contents :
- The auspicious date & time to celebrate Mahashivratri
- The Significance of Mahashivratri
- How devotees celebrate Mahashivratri
- The Hindu mythology about Mahashivratri
- Where this festival is celebrates
The auspicious date & time to celebrate Mahashivratri
This Mahashivratri festival is celebrated once a year. Every year Mahashivratri is celebrated on Krishan Paksha Chaturdashi of Falgun(Phalgun) month as per the Hindu calendar. This year Mahashivratri is celebrated on the 1st of March, the fortnight of Falgun month. The Chaturdashi tithi begins from 3:16 am on March 1st & the Chaturdashi tithi ends at 10:00 am on March 2nd. The worshipping auspicious time is in four phases. The devotees celebrate the whole night by dancing & singing to impress Lord Shiva.
The Significance of Mahashivratri
As Shivaratri is celebrated every month in Krishna paksha but on Falgun months Krishna paksha Chaturdashi is the date as per holy books of Hindu religion (Shivpurana) that this biggest night is celebrated when Lord Shiva tied nodes with Goddess Parvati. So, the celebration goes for the whole night. Girls keep fast on this day by completing all the rituals to impress Lord Shiva & get their desired groom as Goddess Parvati got.
How devotees celebrate Mahashivratri:
Devotees celebrate this festival in the day & whole night. As it’s understood from the name that it’s a mega night which celebrated by the devotees. They celebrate it with full of zeal & enthusiasm to get the blessings of Lord Shiva. Devotees keep the whole day fast & open it on next day morning. They worship Lord shiva with all the required material which is used for pooja.
The material which is used in pooja to impress Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati is Akshat, Paan, Betel nut, Molly, Sandalwood, Clove, Cardamom, Milk, Ghee, Datura, Belpatra, Kamalgatta and fruits. And they sing aarti & mantras to complete the pooja, main mantra is the Mahamrityunjya mantra:: ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्।उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्॥
and another main Shiva Mantra is: ऊँ नम: शिवाय||
All they do is all night vigil on this Mahashivratri.
The Hindu mythology about Mahashivratri:
This Hindu festival is celebrated every year to honour Lord Shiva. As per Hindu mythology on this night Lord Shiva performs the heavenly dance.
The devotees perform the puja whole day & night to get blessings of Lord Shiva & this is the darkest night of the whole year which surges the energy of nature which is very good for the well being of every creature, so, it’s said that one should awake whole night to get the good vibes & the natural energy.
Writing credits – Paramjeet