mahashivratri pooja vidhi

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Mahashivratri, the festival that marks the marriage of Shiva with Parvati, falls on March 7 this year and is celebrated with much gusto in various parts of the country. Shiva devotees have already begun preparations to make sure they leave no stone unturned in pleasing their lord at this auspicious time of the year. Indeed, Mahashivratri is considered to be a very auspicious time to invoke the spiritual energies to the the planetary alignment. Many people observe a strict fast on this day. If you too are planning to celebrate Shivratri at home this year, here are a few rituals you should follow. Also Read - SPB vs BGR Vincy Premier T10 Cricket League Live Streaming Details: Fan Code When And Where to Watch Salt Pond Breakers vs Botanic Gardens Rangers Online, Latest Cricket Matches, Timings in India



ALSO SEE Interesting facts you should know about Mahashivratri Also Read - Comedian Vir Das' Neighbour Sneezes On Him During Altercation, Threatens to Slap Him | Watch Viral Video

Mahashivratri 2016: How the Shivratri festival is celebrated in Mandi Also Read - SPB vs BGR Dream11 Team Prediction, Vincy Premier League T10 2020: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips Salt Pond Breakers vs Botanic Gardens Rangers at Arnos Valley Sporting Complex at 6 PM IST



12 best places to celebrate Mahashivratri in India

Like with every festival, the mahurat time is most crucial (here is the right time of celebrating Mahashivratri 2016). You bathe and offer prayers to Shiva. Once the auspicious time begins, you observe a fast. In many regions, people are allowed to consume milk and fruits but salt and other food items are restricted. In the evening, before the prayer time begins, you are required to bathe again.

ALSO SEE Why and how is Mahashivratri celebrated

Mahashivratri significance: Why Mahashivratri is such a huge festival in India

Mahashivratri 2016 Pooja Vidhi: How to perform Shivratri rituals at home

Across the country, the shiv lingam is also bathed with water, milk, curd and honey and leaves of the bael or wood apple tree and Indian plums or ber are offered to Shiva. Hymns are sung in his praise. Alternatively the chanting of Om Namah Shivay does just as well. In several parts, prayers last all night long. Even so, rules exist about what time you can pray and and how often — typically anywhere between one two four times in the night is acceptable.

ALSO SEE Mahashivratri celebrations in Haridwar and Rishikesh

Mahashivratri 2016 in Puri: How the Shivratri festival is celebrated in Puri

Mahashivratri celebration in Varanasi: All you need to know about shivratri in Varanasi

In the morning, before the auspicious time comes to an end, devotees typically bathe one more time and offer another round of prayers. Once this is done, the fast can be broken. Many people also consume cannabis mixed in chilled milk with almonds and dried fruits as it is considered Shiva’s favorite drink. Shivratri festivities last for a whole day including night-long prayers so make sure you are up for it.

Disclaimer: This is broadly the way Mahashivratri is celebrated in Indian homes. Specific rituals may differ from region to region and house to house.