Maha Shivratri is celebrated as the night of Lord Shiva, who is referred to as the destroyer of evil. Maha Shivratri can be translated to as the ‘Great Night of Shiva’. This year, the world will celebrate it on Monday, 4 March. As per the Hindu calendar, it signifies the defeat of darkness and ignorance. On this day, devotees of Lord Shiva chant prayers, conduct special pooja rituals and observe fast. A fast is observed for the full day and devotees offer prasad to the deity. A holy drink, panchamrit, is also made during pooja to offer to Lord Shiva. Some also meditate and do yoga on the day. The auspicious Maha Shivratri is an ancient Hindu festival and its date of origin is not known.
How is Maha Shivratri Celebrated?
There are certain perceptions about the festival. While some head to Shiva temples or go on pilgrimage to Jyotirlingams, some celebrate it as the day to observe stillness by chanting of shiva mantra “Om Namah Shivaya”, praying to Lord Shiva, keeping fast, practicing yoga, meditation and self-restraint. The ardent devotees keep awake all night, also called “jaagaran”. It is also celebrated in the temples all over Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
What is the importance of Maha Shivratri?
This festival particularly holds importance for women across the country as it is believed that revering Lord Shiva. To show their sincerity and devotion many keep fast without taking even a drop of water and some keep fast with eating fruits.
What is the significance Of Maha Shivratri?
There are several legends around Maha Shivratri. According to a legend, Maha Shivaratri was the day when Shiva drank poisonous negativity to protect the world. Another legend says that it is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction, while some believe that this is the night when Shiva and Parvati got married.
Maha Shivratri Muhurat
The festival is observed on new moon’s 4th day in the month of March or March and the day is moonless. In 2019 it is falling on 4th of March. Every Year the Muhurat and timing of Puja is different as described by astrologers. Here is the auspicious Muhurat for Maha Shivaratri in 2019:
Puja Time: 24:07+ to 24:57+
Duration: 49 Mins
On 4th March – Maha Shivaratri
On 5th March Parana Time: 06:46 to 15:26