Maha Shivratri

DATE AND PUNCHANG

On 1st Mar, Shivaratri Parana Time – 06:30 AM to 02:30 PM

Ratri First Prahar Puja Time – 05:46 PM to 08:57 PM

Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time – 08:57 PM to 12:08 AM, Mar 01

Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time – 12:08 AM to 03:19 AM, Mar 01

Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time – 03:19 AM to 06:30 AM, Mar 01

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins – 04:46 PM on Feb 28, 2022

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends – 02:30 PM on Mar 01, 2022

SIGNIFICANCE AND CELEBRATIONS OF MAHASHIVRATRI 2022

Mahashivratri is highly revered by both Hindus and Shaivites. This festival honors Lord Shiva and is held every year on the full moon in the Hindu calendar. There is a special occasion known as Maha Shiv Ratri in India for the Hindu festival of Shivratri, which occurs in the month of Phalguna (according to the northern Indian calendar). When it falls on Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha, this auspicious Indian festival is celebrated according to the South Indian calendar. Though there is some confusion over which month is celebrated on which day in different parts of India, the day itself does not differ between the two parts. ‘The Great Night Of Lord Shiva’ or Mahashivratri is another name for the festival in Hindi.

MEANING OF MAHASHIVRATRI

Hindus celebrate Maha Shivratri, a holy fasting and meditation festival, as a way to remember how they overcame darkness and challenges in their lives and in the universe. Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti’s combined celestial energies will be manifest on this auspicious occasion. The spiritual forces are said to be easily evoked on this day by the Universe, according to another belief. As part of Mahashivratri’s observance, Hindus fast, meditate on Shiva, contemplate their inner selves, and keep vigil at Shiva temples. When compared to other Hindu festivals, which are commemorated during the day, Shivratri is a night-time celebration.

Mahashivratri has a slew of myths and legends attached to it. They emphasize the significance of performing Mahashivratri Vrat and paying homage to Lord Shiva, as well as his symbolic icons, such as the Lingam, in various Puranas including the Linga Purana (Lingam Purana). According to one tradition, Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’ dance, a great and magnificent representation of creation and destruction, on this night. As a part of the cosmic dance performed by the almighty and to celebrate his presence everywhere, Shiva followers chant hymns and recite scriptures, metaphorically. Another tradition has it that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married on this day, making this event extremely essential for married couples and unmarried women looking for a good husband.

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CELEBRATIONS

Everyone who worships Lord Shiva rejoices in great enthusiasm during this Hindu festival. Observances for Mahashivratri begin early in the morning and last till late at night. These days, devotees maintain a day-long fast and devote the rest of their time to praying to and remembering Lord Shiva. One of their past misdeeds may be forgiven and they may gain salvation by worshipping Shiva and his symbols, according to Hindu mythology. In order to pay their homage to the Lord, people flock to temples on this day.

Recite Lord Shiva’s Mantra as often as possible

RITUALS AND POOJA VIDHI

Devotees begin Mahashivratri Puja early in the morning by taking a bath before daybreak, dressing in fresh clothes, and visiting a Shiva temple in the area. For the women who do the traditional Mahashivratri Puja using water, milk, Bel leaves, fruits like Ber or jujube, and incense sticks, it’s a very memorable day. They go around the Shiva Lingam three or seven times, pour milk, and offer leaves, fruits, and flowers as well as pray with incense sticks.

TO PROPERLY EXECUTE MAHASHIVRATRI POOJA, THERE ARE 6 ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS THAT ARE PROPERLY UTILIZED.

  • Bathing a Shiva Lingam in water, milk, and bel leaves symbolizes the purification of the soul.
  • When applied to the skin after a bath, vermillion serves as a reminder to be kind and generous.
  • As a symbol of gratification and long life, fruits are offered during worship.
  • The burning of incense sticks is considered a good luck charm since it represents abundance.
  • Symbolically, betel leaves represent the fulfillment of materialistic goals.
  • Lightning bolt symbolizes the acquisition of wisdom and understanding.

Devotees organize Jaagrans because the festival’s centerpiece is a 24-hour vigil at the Shiva temple in Mathura. It’s for this reason that on the Mahashivratri night temples are full with Om Namah Shivay chanting and men and women sing devotional songs to Lord Shiva in respect.

FASTING DURING MAHASHIVRATRI, THINGS YOU SHOULD NOW BEFORE FASTING

During  Mahashivratri, the complete fasting process is known as Vrat Vidhi (the full fasting process). Prior to performing Shivratri Vrat, devotees should only eat once a day. A severe fast should be observed throughout Mahashivratri, and no food should be consumed till the next day. There are many people who seek Lord Shiva’s blessings, hoping he will bestow upon them the strength and determination they need to complete the Mahashivratri Vrat unhindered.

Devotees are advised to do Mahashivratri Puja at night and then break their fast the next day after having a shower. For the most benefit from observing a Vrat, it is recommended that the fast be broken between the time of daybreak and the end of Chaturdashi tithi.

In all parts of the country, people celebrate this wonderful religious event. To celebrate Lord Shiva’s birthday on this auspicious occasion, people all over the world prepare for Mahashivratri with great enthusiasm.

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