mahashivratri interesting facts

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The most auspicious and divine night for Shiva followers is here. Mahashivratri that literally translates to night of Shiva, is celebrated by several Hindus across the globe. The festival marks the lord’s visit to the earth in the form of a lingam and people worship it to seek blessings of their favorite god on the auspicious occasion. Mahashivratri falls in the Hindu month of Phalgun on the fifth or sixth night which is usually in February or March. In 2017, it is on February 24, Friday. However, the rituals last all night and the festival comes to an end only the next day, i.e. February 25. If you are celebrating Mahashivratri this year, here are the auspicious timings you should know in order to offer prayers at the right time. Usually, Shiva devotees offer prayers once in the morning on the day of the festival and then observe a fast. They also pray the whole night and break their fast only the next day after the final round of prayers and taking a bath. Here are the right puja timings this Mahashivratri. ALSO SEE 12 best places to celebrate Mahashivratri in India Also Read - 'Suspending MPLADS Will Cause Delays in Devolution of Funds,' Shashi Tharoor Writes to PM Modi



Shiva devotees who stay awake to pray all night, usually perform the puja once or four times in the night. There are specific timings to perform the ritual each time based on the most auspicious timing for each set of prayer. The night is divided into different prahars and the timings change accordingly. Here’s when to pray in each prahar. Also Read - CSK's Suresh Raina Plays Indoor Cricket With Daughter Gracia During COVID-19 Lockdown | WATCH VIDEO

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Second prahar: 09.23 pm to 00.33 am

Third prahar: 00.33 am to 03.44 am

Fourth prahar: 03.44 am to 06.54 am

According to Hindu rituals, people performing the puja should take a bath in the evening before they begin the rituals in the first prahar. There is also a chaturdashi tithi that marks the end of the auspicious time of Mahashivratri. This year, the tithi falls at 09.20 pm on February 25. Many followers break their fast around or after the chaturdashi tithi after offering prayers, taking a bath and then eating something. Even though the festival involves observing a fast, fruits, milk and water can be consumed during the period. However, there are followers who go without food and even water at times during Mahashivratri. ALSO SEE Interesting facts about Mahashivratri

The festival is celebrated in various parts of the country and staunch Shiva followers visit Shiva temples, stay awake all night and chant mantras to seek the divine blessings of the lord. The festival is one of the most revered ones in Hindus and people who celebrate it leave no stone unturned and chant Om Namah Shivay on this occasion.

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