Mahashivratri-Great Night of Lord Shiva
Mahashivratri is an auspicious and important festival of Hindus, especially for the devotees of Lord Shiva who celebrate the religious festival with great enthusiasm. The Mahashivratri festival, also much popular as 'Shivratri' or 'Great Night of Lord Shiva', is observed on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha every year on the month of Phalguna or Maagh according to the Hindu calendar. Devotees on Mahashivratri throng to temples and holy shrines to offer prayers and please Lord Shiva. Like each year, Mahashivratri 2014 will be celebrated on Thursday, February 27 by decorating the Shiv temples in colourful ways.
According to Hindu mythology, Mahashivratri is Lord Shiva's favourite day. Devotees on this day remain on fast or perform hour long spiritual meditation by following rituals to commemorate Mahashivratri and be blessed with grace. In the early morning, they visit temples to offer cold water, milk and bael leaves on the Lingam, a symbol for the worship of Lord Shiva, after properly cleaning it. Many sadhus on Maha Shivratri visit shrines and offer marijuana to worshipers to spread the significance of the festival. Wearing a garland made from rudraksha and applying turmeric vermilion or holy ash on forehead symbolizes a holy ritual on this religious festival. Holy mantras are also recited and special puja ceremonies are held throughout the night to celebrate Shivratri.
Numerous interesting and intriguing mythological stories are believed pertaining to the celebration to Mahashivratri. In a version, devotees believe that Shivratri is auspicious because it marks the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Parvati. However, many believe that Mahashivratri signifies the auspicious night when Lord Shiva performed the dance 'Tandava' that led to the creation, conservation and devastation of the universe.
Mahashivratri is not only one of the magnificent festivals in India but also in Nepal and other regions where Lord Shiva is worshipped. Among the various popular shrines, Amarnath temple pilgrimage or Mount Amarnath (about 140 km from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir) is believed to be the holiest in Hinduism. Surrounded by fascinating mountainous terrains and picturesque snowy mountains this shrine remains crowded by pilgrims throughout the year especially on Mahashivratri.
For women, Mahashivratri is an auspicious festival. They observe fast and offer prayers both to Lord Shiva and Parvati to shower their grace with a peaceful and blissful married life.
Amid celebrations, to share the excitement and spread the essence of the Mahashivratri festival people send inspirational Mahashivratri SMS and lovely Mahashivratri messages to their dear ones. The collection of Mahashivratri SMS gives individuals the privilege just to say 'Happy Shivratri' or to mark Shivratri 2013 as a special occasion.
Allahabad delves into Mahashivaratri celebrations
TNN | Updated: 11 Mar 2013, 1232 hrs ISTMaha Shivratri was celebrated in the city on Sunday with people thronging the abode of Lord Shiva in different parts of the city to offer obeisance and perform the 'Rudrabhishek' ritual.
Mahashivaratri celebrated amid chants of Om Namah Shivay
TNN | Updated: 11 Mar 2013, 1227 hrs ISTThe chants of 'Om Namah Shivay' reverberated on the occasion of Mahashivaratri on Sunday. Thousands of devotees thronged various Shiv temples and offered 'bel patra' and milk to the deity.
Devotees celebrate Mahashivratri in Pernem
| Updated: 11 Mar 2013, 1225 hrs ISTThe festival of 'Mahashivratri' (grand night dedicated for the worship of lord Shiva) was celebrated with great fervour and grandeur at Lord Sapteshwar-Mandrem , Mulvir temple-Pernem and Linga Mahadev-Paliem, on Sunday.
Mahashivaratri 2013: Mega events planned in Hubli
TNN | Updated: 9 Mar 2013, 1057 hrs ISTMahashivaratri fervour has gripped north Karnataka. Hubli, which has the presence of various mutts and temples is gearing to celebrate the festival in a grand manner.
Tomorrow is Maha Shivaratri
| Updated: 9 Mar 2013, 1045 hrs ISTInvoke Shiva to be free of worldly attachments just like a fruit falls from a tree after ripening. Then you will be liberated from the vicious cycle of life and death.
Special trains for Mahashivratri
TNN | Updated: 9 Mar 2013, 1104 hrs ISTThe North Central Railway administration has decided to introduce special trains for Mahashivratri on March 10. These trains will pass through Kanpur Central railway station.
Maha Shivaratri is a festival that is celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva, the most important god in the Hindu religion.
This particular festival devoted to Shiva called Maha Shivaratri occurs once a year, however there are also festivals dedicated to this god in every single lunar-solar month of the Hindu calendar. The festival is observed principally by means of fasting and by means of worshiping the Lingam.
The festival known as Maha Shivaratri involves several foci, which are both spiritual and physical observances. Yoga and self reflection are central to this festival time. Lord Shiva and his female consort Shivatri are central to the Hindu religion.
The key story behind Maha Shivaratri is the tale of Lord Shiva drinking a deadly poison that would have destroyed all of the world. Shiva did not allow the poison to reach his stomach, where the universe was contained (or, rather, his stomach represents the universe). Instead, he trapped the poison in his neck, causing his neck to turn blue.