Maha Shivratri – Reasons Why Do We Celebrate Mahashivratri Festival


Maha Shivratri – Reasons Why Do We Celebrate Mahashivratri Festival?

About Maha Shivratri

The great festival of Hindu, Maha Shivratri is the celebration of God Shiva, also known as the destroyer. This is the great festival of Hindu which lies in the month of January or February. It is also one of the great festivals of Hindu which is celebrated in the India and the Nepal. This festival is also known as the birth of Shiva as Janmasthami. God Shiva is very kindness and quick anger. God Shiva is also known as the Mahadev because he is the Devo ka Dev.

People also celebrate this festival with lots of devotion. According to Hindu epics and mythology, it is said that Shiva is only the God who fulfills their devotee wish very fast. As we know that Shiva lives in the snowy mountains and watches all the activities on the earth. Celebrating maha Shivratri has many reasons that might be for happiness and welfare, or maybe for the prosperity of human beings. The great truth about God Shiva is that he is very angry in nature, becomes angry faster. He has kept the source and purity of water in their head ‘s hair that is Ganga.

Ganga is the only river in the world which also shows the priority and identity of India. It has the greater specifications that the water taken or kept from it never becomes damage or bad smelled. It has whole life purity guarantee. And that the great river is living in the head of Shiva by binding also called ‘’jataaa’’. The person comes away and from another country in Nepal at the time of Mahashivratri in the Pashupatinath. The crowd of people and fair in the Pashupatinath have increased the pollution and population of Kathmandu city. The great temple of Hindu as well as of Nepal Pashupatinath have a great importance. On the day of Maha Shivratri, there occurred two days fair.

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The presentation of the Rishis and Nagababa were smoking the ganja, also known as the food or Prasad of Shivji. The person comes from many parts of India and Nepal to distribute Prasad and feed the different foods to the devotee. They were distributing the Prasad by calling and serving the food, juice, etc. The government of Nepal provides up to 5000 rupees to all the Rishis and Nagababa. People worship it for many reasons.

The Shiva also used to do tandav when he is in the angry mood. If he starts doing so, then there will happen something wrong or damages. The power of Shivji can make the earth like the place of buried in one second. There is also the believed that if the girl does Shivratri, then she will get the good husband like Shiva. Shiva is very loving husband. He loves his lovely wife Parvati very much. And the man also worships Shiva for getting the good wife like Parvati. Mainly person thinks to achieve the great things only after worshipping god Shiva. Shiva loves his devotee very much.

Due to the decoration of environment, youngsters also do like the madness by taking the means of Prasad that is ganja, all the devotees take the ganja and continue the dance in the music. The environment of Shivratri is fully decorated and strict with security forces. A tourist views the place and saves the photos in the mind and in the memory. They come to visit Nepal for spiritual education and also for seeing the culture. some folklore also considers this to be Shiva’s day as this was believed to be the answer given by Lord Shiva when asked about his favorite day Goddess Parvati is this day called Shivaratri. As we know the meaning of Shivratri is the night of Shiva. We can understand the meaning and values of this night that how much this night is important for God Shiva.

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MahaShivratri is a Hindu festival which is celebrated by people following Hinduism in India and Nepal. It does not determine that the Hindu people can only celebrate, but we can look the views and presentation of other religious people too. People often fast on the night of Shivratri and sing hymns and praises in the name of Lord Shiva. Hindu temples across the country are decorated with lights and colorful decorations and people can be seen offering night long prayers to Shiva Lingam. Wood apple leaves, cold water, and milk are offered to the Shiva Lingam on this day as they are believed to be Lord Shiva’s favorite.

This is the believed that the people who fast on this night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva bring good luck into their life and opens the doors of opportunity as well as happiness. God Shiva is also famed for eating the poison of sea. So it also shows that he can observe all the wastes and poison of their devotee and make the complete happy human beings. The most popular MahaShivratri celebrations take place in Ujjain, believed to be the place of residence of Lord Shiva. Large processions are carried out throughout the city, with people thronging the streets to catch a glimpse of the revered idol of Lord Shiva. Women’s and men’s celebrate and worship God Shiva with Belpatra and Coconut etc. The great respect and devotion to God Shiva show the power and strong fulfillment belief toward the god Shiv.

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Let’s talk about the reasons to celebrate the Maha Shivratri festival.

Reasons to celebrate Mahashivaratri

Hindu religion has three gods as the main gods or the gods forming the Trinity. They are Lord Bishnu, Lord Brahma, and Lord Shiva. Lord Brahma is the creator of the world, the Lord Bishnu is the protector of the world and Lord Shiva is the preserver of the world. These three Gods are worshipped and celebrated for various reasons throughout the year through various festivals. Among these festivals, Mahashivaratri is one of the biggest festivals that worships and celebrates the divinity of Lord Shiva. Maha means great and Shivaratri means a night of Lord Shiva, thus this night is the biggest night for the celebration and worshipping of Lord Shiva. This Mahashivaratri is celebrated on 13th or 14th day of the month of Falguna as per the Hindu lunar calendar in the late winter. Since every 13th and 14th day of each month is considered to be a night to be dedicated towards Lord Shiva; this particular day in the month of Falguna is considered much greater than other Shivaratri hence it is called great or Maha.

On this day, devotees of Lord Shiva go to the nearest and comfortable religious pilgrimage and take fast for the whole day. At night they all stay awake the whole night eating only the Prasad of Lord Shiva. It is also observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers and doing Yogas and meditation. Lord Shiva is famous for his long meditation and Yogas. There are many reasons for the celebration of this festival. Some of the reasons are discussed as under.

In one of the stories enlisted in the Puranas the storybooks of Gods of Hinduism, there shows the relation of Shivaratri with the Samundra Munthan. According to the Purana, the gods and demons churned the mighty ocean to get the Amrit, a potion that will make the person who drinks immortal. A large serpent and a hill were used to churn the ocean. But on the contrary to the expectation of gods and demons, the ocean presented with a big pot of poison. The poison was so powerful that it could kill all the living being in the whole world.

The Gods and demons ran for help to Lord Shiva. Realizing the severity of the situation Lord Shiva than drank all the poison from the pot. Since the poison was deadly enough to kill him if he swallowed; Lord Shiva held the poison in his throat instead of swallowing. Hence, Lord Shiva protected the world form the poison’s evil effect. The toxicity of the poison made his throat appeared to be blue. And Lord Shiva was given another name as ‘Neelkantha’. Neel means blue and kantha means throat. That great sacrifice and willingness of Lord Shiva are thus celebrated on the day of Shivaratri and the Shiva is symbolic of the ultimate power in the world.

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In another legend written in the Shiva Purana, the storybook of Lord Shiva’s life and accomplishment, two of the three trinities of Hinduism namely Lord Brahma and Lord Bishnu were in a huge quarrel about one being more powerful and superior to the other. Both lords being equally powerful and forceful, the heated argument was capable of resulting in a great battle that would have caused serious irreparable damage. Seeing the battle heat rising Lord Shiva at the request of all the other gods decided to intervene and decided to make the lords realize the childishness of the quarrel. Lord Shiva took the form of huge fire and came in between Brahma and Bishnu.

The fire was so huge and spread across miles, the supremacy and magnitude of the fire made two lords feel star struck. Both the Lords decided that whoever was able to find either one of the fire’s end, would be superior to the other. Both Lord Brahma and Lord Bishnu set off in the opposite direction and both even after traveling hundreds of kilometers were not able to find the end. Brahma at his journey after miles and miles found Ketaki, a flower floating down slowly from above. Brahma decided to ask where she was from and Ketaki replied she was from the uppermost end of the fire.

Brahma decided to end the search there and decided to take the flower as a witness to verify that he found his end. Realizing that Lord Brahma was about to cheat, Lord Shiva got very angry, reputed for anger, Lord Shiva revealed that he himself was the fire and that Lord Brahma for his cheating reason was then cursed by Shiva that no one would ever pray to him, no one will ever worship him. The flower also being an accessory in the cheating of Lord Brahma was cursed by Lord Shiva as a flower that will never be used in the worshipping rituals of any gods or goddesses.  This is another reason for the celebration of Shivaratri.

Another legend in the Hindu mythology explains that once a poor man who worshipped Lord Shiva wholeheartedly was off into the forest to collect the firewood. As the night grew dark the poor man was unable to see and being afraid of all the deadly wild animals, he decided to climb up a tree and spend the night there. The fear could not bring him any sleep and even if he slept there was a danger of falling off the tree. So, to keep himself occupied, the poor man plucked each leaf and the enchanting the name of Lord Shiva with each leaf dropped the leaf down. In the morning the poor man realized it was a bel tree, a holy tree in Hindu mythology and that every leaf he dropped from that holy tree landed on Shiva Linga at the bottom of the tree. Pleased by seeing the poor man trust in his Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva blessed him with divine knowledge and wisdom. This day of Shivaratri also signifies this virtue of Lord Shiva to be kind and generous.

In another story, on the night of Shivaratri, Lord Shiva performs a special celestial dance called Tandab. This dance symbolizes the creation, preservation and destruction, the three factors of life on earth. Lord Shiva danced his Tandab chanting hymns and in the form of a fire. Even today on this night representing the greatness of Lord Shiva, Tandab is performed in streets by the devotees of Lord Shiva.

Mahashivaratri is also a day of the wedding between the mighty Lord Shiva and beautiful and powerful Goddess Parvati. On this day, the great wedding between these two holy divinities of Hindu religion took place. In the current north Indian societies, the Temples are decorated to take out a procession of flowers and devotees reflecting the Lord Shiva’s arrival at the wedding. It is called Shiva’s baraat or Shiva’s janti.

It was also on the 14th of Falguna month of Hindu calendar Lord Shiva first manifested in the form of Linga. Thus the day is celebrated for Shivaratri and the Linga of Shiva is worshipped on this day.

Also, Linga means gender. And Shivalinga is the gender discretion of Lord Shiva, so many of the Hindu women worship this Shivalinga praying on god to provide them the husband who is as loving as caring and as protective as Lord Shiva is to Goddess Parvati. They also pray for their husband’s long life and prosperity to Lord Shiva on this day. It is said that the couple who pray to Lord Shiva on this day will be blessed and will always be a happy couple as Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are.

Shivaratri is also a remark on the change in the season in the earth. It is believed that the heat created by the flames in the Shivaratri will take away the cold. Lord Shiva himself dancing as a form of fire in his celestial dance Tandab will bless the earth with an end of winter season. Right after the night of Shivaratri, the flowers start to bloom and plants start to grow. The weather becomes nice and warm and the reaping of crops starts to increase. The earth seems to rejuvenate from the winter and snow. All the crops bear fruit and the world turns green. This is considered the symbol of fertility. Thus Shivaratri is also celebrated for the reason of earth gaining back its fertility. Since Linga is also a symbol of fertility, we can consider this as a valid reason for the celebration of Shivaratri.

Lord Bishnu made an incarnation of Lord Krishna in the place called Gokul at midnight on the day of Krishna Janmashtami and just 180 days after that day Lord Shiva’s birthday is celebrated. This Mahashivaratri thus divides a year into two equal halves, thus we can say that both these auspicious days in the Hindu Lunar calendar are worshipped as holy days.

Another reason can be that Lord Shiva wears a crescent moon on his hair as an ornament. This might symbolize why the all night worship of Lord Shiva takes place at the time of Shivaratri. This is most possibly to ensure that the moon rose every night in the sky or else on the hair of the divine God of Hindus.

Reasons to celebrate the Maha Shivratri festival

1. The dream of unmarried boys and girls :

The thinking of youngsters is different from older. They think something new, something different and something more. The celebration of Diwali is not only done for the worshipping and keeping the God Shiva happy but also for fulfilling the wish of heart. The boys want to spend their life with full of happiness and also wants to marriage with the beautiful girl. Similarly, the girls also want to get the good husband and happy life. The present youngsters are mostly habituated with smoking and drinking. It might be the main resources of girls desire to get the good life partner. And also we can see that the present girls are roughness and characterless.

They are also not less than boys in drinking and smoking. Mostly this types of desire are carried by all the girls and boys. They get the chance to share their feeling with god. The god also becomes happy after looking their love doing and fulfill the desire. Boys and girls are the two-factor which is needed for the processing of the worlds and continuation of the world. If these two are not combined together, the production of the child is not possible and the world not keeps goes on. So this might be the reasons that God Shiva fulfill all the desire of getting the good husband and beautiful wife of the youth to 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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