How to Celebrate Mahashivratri Festival


How to Celebrate Mahashivratri Festival

Maha Shivaratri is one of the greatest Hindu festivals celebrated annually in the name of Lord Shiva. It is literally known as ‘’ the great night of Shiva’’ that falls on the new moon of Magh/Falgun (Feb/March according to English according) according to Hindu calendar. This festival is mostly celebrated in Nepal and India by remembering Shiva, Chanting prayers, fasting, doing Yoga, meditating on ethics and virtues. The devotees awake all the night. They also visit the Shiva temple. It is believed that whoever fast on this night and prays to Lord Shiva will get luck, prosperity, and peace in their life.

Many mythological stories are related to the origin of Shivaratri but its original date is still unknown. According to Jones and Ryan, this festival might have been originated around the 5th century CE. This festival is mentioned in most of the famous Puranas like Skanda Purana, Linga Purana, and Padma Purana.

‘’One of the most popular stories related to the festival is that this was the auspicious day when Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati. So, it is worshiped as the marriage anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.’’

‘’Similarly, according to another Hindu mythological story, the Earth faced with a massive destruction, Goddess Parvati pledged to save the world with Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva, pleased with her prayers, agreed to save the world. But he said that everyone from the Earth has to worship him with pure dedication and passion. So from that day onwards, the night is known as Maha Shivratri and people began worshipping Lord Shiva with dedication and enthusiasm..’’

‘’In addition, one of the legends says that Shivratri is celebrated as the day when Brahma and Vishnu went into a major debate about who is supreme power. This made Lord Shiva angry. So, he decided to punish both of them by taking the form of a massive fire which spread across the length of the universe. Vishnu and Brahma then take part into the race to find the end of the fire and prove their powers. Brahma resorted to a lie. Shiva was angered greatly and he cursed Brahma that no one would ever pray to him in this earth.’’

Overall, by researching different articles, histories and the mythological stories related to Lord Shiva, here we have listed the top five reasons why we should celebrate Maha Shivaratri.

What is a maha Shivaratri festival?

Shivaratri is an incredible celebration of the union of Shiva and Shakti. Chaturdashi Tithi amid Krishna Paksha in the month of Magha is known as Maha Shivaratri according to South Indian timetable. However as indicated by North Indian schedule Masik Shivaratri in the month of Phalguna is known as Maha Shivaratri. In the two date-books, it is naming tradition of lunar month which varies. However, both, North Indians and South Indians, observe Maha Shivaratri on the same day.  Vrat Vidhi – One day before Shivaratri Vratam, doubtlessly on Trayodashi, aficionados ought to eat just a single time. On Shivaratri day, subsequent to getting done with wake-up routines lovers should take Sankalp to watch entire day quick on Shivaratri and to take sustenance following day.

During Sankalp, devotees promise for self-assurance all through the fasting time frame and look for the gift of Lord Shiva to complete the quick with no impedance. Hindu fasts are strict and individuals vow for self-assurance and look for God favoring before beginning them to complete them effectively.  On Shivaratri day lovers should wash up in the prior night doing Shiva Puja or going to a sanctuary. Shiva Puja ought to be finished amid night and lovers should break the quick following day in the wake of washing up. Lovers should break the quick amongst dawn and before the finish of Chaturdashi Tithi to get the greatest advantage of the Vrat.

As per one conflicting conclusion lovers should break the quick just when Chaturdashi Tithi gets over. In any case, it is trusted that both Shiva Puja and Parana i.e. breaking the quick ought to be done inside Chaturdashi Tithi.  Shivaratri puja can be performed one time or four times amid the night. The entire night span can be separated into four to get four Prahar to perform Shiva Puja four times. Drikpanchang.comlists each of the four Prahar durations for staunch Shiva aficionados who perform Shiva Puja four times in the night. We additionally list Nishita time when Lord Shiva showed up on the Earth in the shape of Linga and the time window to break the quick on following day.

As per one conflicting conclusion lovers should break the quick just when Chaturdashi Tithi gets over. In any case, it is trusted that both Shiva Puja and Parana i.e. breaking the quick ought to be done inside Chaturdashi Tithi.  Shivaratri puja can be performed one time or four times amid the night. The entire night span can be separated into four to get four Prahar to perform Shiva Puja four times. Drikpanchang.comlists each of the four Prahar durations for staunch Shiva aficionados who perform Shiva Puja four times in the night. We additionally list Nishita time when Lord Shiva showed up on the Earth in the shape of Linga and the time window to break the quick on following day.

As indicated by another legend in the Shiva Purana, once the other two of the sets of three of Hindu Gods, Brahma, and Vishnu, were battling about who was prevalent of the two. Alarmed at the power of the fight, alternate divine beings requested that Shiva intercede. To influence them to understand the vanity of their battle, Shiva accepted the type of a tremendous segment of flame in the middle of Brahma and Vishnu. Awestruck by its extent, they chose to discover one end each to build up matchless quality over the other.

Brahma accepted the type of a swan and went upwards and Vishnu as Varaha went into the earth. Be that as it may, light has no restriction and however, they hunt down a huge number of miles, neither could discover the end. On his excursion upwards, Brahma ran over a Ketaki bloom floating down gradually. At the point when asked where she had originated from, the Ketaki answered that she had been set at the highest point of the

On his excursion upwards, Brahma ran over a Ketaki bloom floating down gradually. At the point when asked where she had originated from, the Ketaki answered that she had been set at the highest point of the red-hot section as advertising. Unfit to locate as far as possible, Brahma chose to end his hunt and take the bloom as a witness.  At this, the irate Shiva uncovered his actual frame. He rebuffed Brahma for telling a lie and reviled him that nobody could ever petition him. The Ketaki bloom too was restricted from being utilized as an offering for any love, as she had affirmed dishonestly. Since it was on the fourteenth day oblivious portion of the period of Phalguna that Shiva initially showed himself as a Linga, the day is particularly promising and is praised as Mahashivaratri. Revering Shiva on this day is accepted to give one with bliss and success.

Shivaratri is an incredible celebration of the union of Shiva and Shakti. Chaturdashi Tithi amid Krishna Paksha in the month of Magha is known as Maha Shivaratri according to South Indian timetable. However as indicated by North Indian schedule Masik Shivaratri in the month of Phalguna is known as Maha Shivaratri. In the two date-books, it is naming tradition of lunar month which varies. However, both, North Indians and South Indians, observe Maha Shivaratri on the same day.  Vrat Vidhi – One day before Shivaratri Vratam, doubtlessly on Trayodashi, aficionados ought to eat just a single time. On Shivaratri day, subsequent to getting done with wake-up routines lovers should take Sankalp to watch entire day quick on Shivaratri and to take sustenance following day.

During Sankalp, devotees promise for self-assurance all through the fasting time frame and look for the gift of Lord Shiva to complete the quick with no impedance. Hindu fasts are strict and individuals vow for self-assurance and look for God favoring before beginning them to complete them effectively.  On Shivaratri day lovers should wash up in the prior night doing Shiva Puja or going to a sanctuary. Shiva Puja ought to be finished amid night and lovers should break the quick following day in the wake of washing up. Lovers should break the quick amongst dawn and before the finish of Chaturdashi Tithi to get the greatest advantage of the Vrat. As per one conflicting conclusion lovers should break the quick just when Chaturdashi Tithi gets over. In any case, it is trusted that both Shiva Puja and Parana i.e. breaking the quick ought to be done inside Chaturdashi Tithi.

Shivaratri is an incredible celebration of the union of Shiva and Shakti. Chaturdashi Tithi amid Krishna Paksha in the month of Magha is known as Maha Shivaratri according to South Indian timetable. However as indicated by North Indian schedule Masik Shivaratri in the month of Phalguna is known as Maha Shivaratri. In the two date-books, it is naming tradition of lunar month which varies. However, both, North Indians and South Indians, observe Maha Shivaratri on the same day.

The story reviews the episode of beating the smooth sea by devas and asuras to get the nectar. Amid the fight, a pot of toxic substance left the sea which was flushed by Lord Shiva on the demand of divine beings to spare earth. Because of the solid toxic substance, the shade of Lord’s neck changed to blue. Along these lines, Lord Shiva is called as Neelkanth, where ‘Neela’ implies blue and ‘Kantha’ implies neck or throat. As a solution for this, Lord Shiva was encouraged to remain conscious amid the night and subsequently, to keep him alert, the divine beings performed different moves and played music. Ruler Shiva was satisfied with their commitment and favored them all. Shivratri celebration is praised every year remembering this occasion.  Legend of Shiva Linga As per this legend, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu were in a pursuit to discover the Aadi (starting) and the Antha (end) of Lord Shiva. It is trusted that on the fourteenth day oblivious fortnight of the long stretch of Phalguna, Shiva showed himself as a Linga. This day is viewed as promising and is commended as Maha Shivratri. Enthusiasts commend this event by watching quickly amid the day and worshiping the Lord for the duration of the night.

Why celebrate Shivaratri Festival

1. It is believed that the absolute formless god, Sadashiva appeared in the incarnation of Lingodbhav Moorti at the midnight of Shivaratri. So, all Shiva devotees keep awake all the night of Shivaratri and do Shivalinga Abhishek at the midnight. So, this day is celebrated as the origin of Lord Shiva.Worshipping Shiva on this day is believed to get happiness and prosperity in our life.

2. Shiva is the soul of everything. It is peace, infinity, beauty and the non-dual one. Shiva and Soul mean the same. Ratri is to take refuge. So, Shivaratri is taking refuge in one’s own spirit. It is one of the best days to perform meditation because on this day, mind, intellect and ego rest in divine and we can get a complete peace. Simply, Shivaratri is taking refuge in the divine consciousness that brings peace and solace to all the layers of consciousness. So, it is the celebration of nature with the joy of the presence of kindness, truth, and beauty.

3. According to the Puranas(Hindu mythological stories), this day is one of the favorite days of Lord Shiva. When Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva which is his favorite day then he said that the 14th day of Krishna Paksha is his favorite day. Then, she passed this message to her friends which were later known by the prayers. It is believed that on this day Lord Shiva performed the Tandav nirtya (a form of Dance). So, this day is considered one of the best days to worship Lord Shiva. Any wishes or prayers are believed to be fulfilled on this day.

4. A pot full of poison appeared from the ocean during Samudra Manthan. All Gods and demons were horrified as the poison could destroy the world. So, they went to Shiva asking for help. Shiva drank the whole deathly poison to protect the world from its evil effects. He didn’t swallow it instead kept in a throat. Due to this, his throat turned blue, and he was called by the name Neelakantha, the blue-throated one. So, Shivaratri is the celebrated in the name of Shiva who saved the world. So, it is the day where we thanks to Lord Shiva for protecting the earth.

5. Shivaratri is one of the auspicious days for Hindus women. Generally, women who are married pray for the goodwill and prosperity of their husbands while those who are unmarried pray for the ideal husband like Lord Shiva as this is a day when Lord Shiva married to Goddess Parvati. Anyone who chants the name of Shiva during Maha Shivaratri with pure devotion is believed to be freed from all the sins. It is believed that it will help to liberate from the cycle of birth and death.

In Nepal, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated all over the country by visiting the temples of Lord Shiva. Especially, Pashupatinath, situated in Kathmandu, is the main attraction of devotees since it is considered as the home of Lord Shiva and during this day, Somnath at is believed that Lord Shiva will visit the temple. Thousands of Hindus from all over the world, especially from different parts of India visit this temple on this day.

In India, the major Jyotirlinga Shiva temples of VaSamanthaare the sites for the special event and celebration of Maha Shivaratri. It is one of the most important festivals in Kashmir Shaivism where this day is celebrated as the marriage anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, before 3 or 4 days and lasts for two days after it.

This festival is not only limited to Nepal and India. It is also celebrated in some parts of West Indies where there are more than 400 temples.

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In my previous article ‘’ Why to celebrate Shivaratri’, I have mentioned about the significance of celebrating MahaShivaratri. I hope you have been quite familiar with this festival. Now, I expect you might have been wondering how to celebrate this festival. If you are then, here we are again with you describing the different ways to celebrate this festival.

Shivaratri has celebrated annually in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is mostly celebrated in different parts of Nepal and India and there are different ways celebrating it. However, here are the common ways how people of Nepal celebrate this festival.

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Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a Writer of 12 Nepali Books, Director of Maithili films, Founder of Radio Stations, Designer of Websites and Editor of Some Nepali Blogs.

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