Maha Shivratri – Reasons Why Do We Celebrate Mahashivratri Festival

2. The story of the woodcutter :

There are many mythological legends associated with this day. According to a popular legend, when a hunter could not find anything to kill for his food in a forest, he waited on the branch of a Wood apple tree for the food by hunting the deer. In order to attract deer, he started throwing the leaves of the tree on the ground, unaware that there was a Shiva Lingam beneath the tree. Pleased with the Wood apple leaves and the patience of the hunter, it is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in front of the hunter and blessed him with wisdom.


From that day onwards, the hunter stopped eating meat and god Shiva makes him free from all the troubles and sorrows and also told to do their publicity of their power and devotee. Shiva lingam is the identification of Shiva. It is said that Shiva linga is the place of living goddess Shiva. Hindu worship and celebrates Shiv ling by milk and different kinds of water and ghee too. And it is believed that from that night the Shivratri is started to celebrate. A person celebrates Shivratri as the moment of enjoyment and relaxing times.

3. Saving on earth :

Shiva is also known as the destroyer of all the bad power. devil and demon power. He is the very powerful god to save their devoted any time from any obstacles. Another legend has it that after the Earth was faced with an imminent destruction, Goddess Parvati pledged with Lord Shiva to save the world. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to save the world on the pretext that the people of the Earth would have to worship him with dedication and passion. From that day onwards, the night came to be known as MahaShivratri and people began worshipping Shiva as Mahashivratri with a great enthusiasm and happiness.

Saving of earth
Saving on earth

Maha Shivratri, which literally translates to ” the great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture. This day has the special appearance and special values which are celebrated by Hindu and the desire is also contracted by the other religious people. It’s also the major reasons to celebrate.

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As we know that the Shivratri is the festival of enjoying and making more and more entertainment. But you have to know the major rule to make great celebrations. The striction is granted by the government in every step. So you have to be careful while entering and outside the boundary of a temple. There may be the do and don’t observation which you have to follow:

Things to Do at Shivratri Festival

Things Not to Do in Shivratri festival

There may be the do and don’t observation which you have to follow:

> Don’t involve in gambling and drinking activities. Doing so you can be caught by the police officers and may send you the prison and may find you. This activity makes your identity lose and unimpressive.

Drinking wildly

> It has to not only doing in the festival or on the occasion only but this has to follow in the regular life. Being clean make the mind free from unwanted thinkings. so be clean and take a bath daily before touching indulging yourself in any of the processes of Maha Shivratri.

> Wash your hands and then touch the belongings used in the puja.

> Before making Prasad, make sure you clean your hands and feet well.

> On the day of Maha Shivratri, during morning, take a bath, wear new clothes and then accompany your family and friends at the banks of the river.

> Worship the Shiv lingam and take the blessings of elders.

> Respect all love all.

> Don’t tease and abuse anyone.

> Don’t speak angrily.

> Take and do more and more entertain as you can

> Do not touch anything meant for puja without washing the hands or taking a bath.

> Do not eat or touch salty items during Prasad making as it is highly prohibited.

> Do not eat non-vegetarian items at home if someone in your family is about to observe it.

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A Man eating meat and drinking

> Do not let children eat or bite the puja fruits and Prasad until the festival comes to a halt.

> Do not spread stuff and things meant for puja here and there.

> Do not wear dirty clothes during puja instead, wear only clean and new clothes.

> Do not drink or smoke as it is heavily prohibited during puja.


> Make your heart wishful.

> Make the help environment.

> Construct the good decoration and make happy to the sun god.

> If your wish is to make Shivratri special and entertaining, make the moderate drink that you will in your control of boundary.

At last, Shivratri specially marks the importance on the wishes making grateful and keeping their devotee happy and sorrow free. The general belief is that the Shivratri is conducted with utter purity and reverence that brings prosperity and good health to the family and friends. And it’s the most important thing that people want from the god and celebrates their festival. Devotees come even from outside the country to celebrate and distribute the Prasad after their wish is fulfilled.

4. The marriage of Shiva and Shakti :

The story tells us how Lord Shiva got married a second time to Shakti, his divine consort. This festival has more special value in the night or in the evening time. So it is said as the Shivratri, the celebration of the night.The legend of a marriage of Shiva and Shakti is one the most important legends related to the festival of Mahashivaratri.According to a legend of Shiva and Shakti, the day Lord Shiva got married to Parvati is celebrated as Shivaratri -the Night of Lord Shiva.’’ From that day the Shivratri starts to celebrate.

It’s the story of many years ago when once Lord Shiva and his wife Sati or Shakti were returning from sage Agastya’s ashram after listening to Ram Katha or story of Ram. On their way through a forest, Shiva saw Lord Rama searching for his wife Sita who had been kidnapped by Ravana, the King of Lanka. Lord Shiva bowed his head in reverence to Lord Rama. Sati was surprised by Lord Shiva’s behavior and inquired why he was paying obeisance to a mere mortal. Shiva informed Sati that Rama was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Sati, however, was not satisfied with the reply and Lord asked her to go and verify the truth for herself.

Using her power to change forms, Sati took the form of Sita appeared before Rama. Lord Rama immediately recognized the true identity of the Goddess and asked, “Devi, why are you alone, where’s Shiva?” At this, Sati realized the truth about Lord Ram. But, Sita was like a mother to Lord Shiva and since Sati took the form of Sita her status had changed. From that time, Shiva detached himself from her as a wife. Sati was sad with the change of attitude of Lord Shiva but she stayed on at Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva.

Later, Sati’s father Daksha organized a yagna but did not invite Sati or Shiva as he had an altercation with Shiva in the court of Brahma. But, Sati who wanted to attend the Yagna, went even though Lord Shiva did not appreciate the idea. To here great anguish, Daksha ignored her presence and did not even offer Prasad for Shiva. Sati felt humiliated and was struck with profound grief. She jumped into the yagya fire and immolated herself.

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Lord Shiva became extremely furious when he heard the news of Sati’s immolation. Carrying the body of Sati, Shiva began to perform Rudra Tandava or the dance of destruction and wiped out the kingdom of Daksha. Everybody was terrified as Shiva’s Tandava had the power to destroy the entire universe. In order to calm Lord Shiva, Vishnu severed Sati’s body into 12 pieces and threw them on earth. It is said that wherever the pieces of Shakti’s body fell, there emerged a Shakti Peetha, including the Kamaroopa Kamakhya in Assam and the Vindhyavasini in UP.

Lord Siva was now alone undertaken rigorous penance and retired to the Himalayas. Sati took a re-birth as Parvati in the family of God Himalaya. She performed penance to break Shiva’s meditation and win his attention. It is said that Parvati, who found it hard to break Shiva’s meditation sought the help of Kamadeva – the God of Love and Passion. Kaamadeva asked Parvati to dance in front of Shiva. When Parvati danced, Kaamadeva shot his arrow of passion at Shiva breaking his penance. Shiva became extremely infuriated and opening his third eye that reduced Kamadeva to ashes. It was only after Kamadeva’s wife Rati’s pleading that Lord Shiva agreed to revive Kaamadeva.

Later, Parvati undertook severe penance to win over Shiva. Through her devotion and persuasion by sages devas, Parvati, also known as Uma, was finally able to lure Shiva into marriage and away from asceticism. Their marriage was solemnized a day before Amavasya in the month of Phalgun. This day of a union of God Shiva and Parvati is celebrated as Mahashivratri every year.

5. The wish of Parvati :

According to another version of the legend, Goddess Parvati performed tapas and prayers on the auspicious moonless night of Shivaratri to ward off any evil that may befall her husband. Since then, womenfolk began the custom of praying for the well-being of their husbands and sons on Shivaratri day. Unmarried women pray for a husband like Shiva, who is considered to be the ideal husband.


Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of the media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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