Maha Shivaratri Festival also is known as the ‘The Night of Shiva’ is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the deities of Hindu Trinity. Shivaratri falls on the 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun, which corresponds to the month of February- March in English Calendar. Maha Shivratri 2020
According to one of the most popular legends, Shivaratri is the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Some believe that it was auspicious night of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’ (the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction. Another popular Shivratri legend states that it was on Shivaratri that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga.Hence the day is considered to be extremely auspicious by Shiva devotees and they celebrate it as Mahashivratri – the grand night of Shiva.
Maha Shivratri date 2020 बम बम भोले
According to the hindu calender Mahashivratri is celebrated on the 4 th night of the new moon in the month of Phalgun. Mahashivratri is falls on the moonless night.This year Mahashivratri is celebrated on 21 th of February 2020 which fall on the third week on friday .
Shivratri Muhrat हर हर महादेव
MahaShivaratri is one of the most admired festivals of Lord Shiva when devotees thank the reservoir of power Lord Shiva for the strength and courage that he has bestowed upon all these years. People celebrate this day with extreme joy and devotion remembering the life of Lord Shiva. People around the country keep fast on this day to show their respect to Mahadev.
Every Year the way Puja is done and fasting has been done has changed. This festival particularly holds importance for women across the country as it is believed that revering Lord Shiva. To show their sincerity and devotion many keep fast without taking even a drop of water and some keep fast with eating fruits. Maha Shivratri 2020
The festival is observed on new moon’s 21st day in the month of March or March and the day is moonless. In 2020 it is falling on 21st of February. Every Year the Muhurat and timing of Puja is different as described by astrologers.
- Puja Time: 24:09:21 to 24:59:55
- Duration: 0 Hour 50 Minute
- On 21st Feb – Maha Shivaratri
- On 22nd Feb Parana Time: 06:54:47 to 15:26:28
- Bathing Rituals
According to the traditions, In Every three hours, Shivalingam is given a special bath with milk, yog hurt, honey, sandalwood paste and rose water. Puja, meditation and chanting of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ accompany the ritual bath. Following the bath, vermilion paste is applied on the linga. Traditionally, leaves of a forest tree Aegle marmelos
What We Do On Mahashivratri
Various traditions and customs related to Shivaratri festival are dutifully followed by the worshippers of Lord Shiva. Devotees observe fast in honor of Shiva, though many go on a diet of fruits and milk some do not consume even a drop of water. Devotees strongly believe that sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivaratri, absolves a person of sins and liberates him from the cycle of birth and death. Shivaratri is considered especially auspicious for women. While married women pray for the well being of their husbands unmarried women pray for a husband like Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the ideal husband.
To mark the Shivratri festival, devotees wake up early and take a ritual bath, preferably in river Ganga. After wearing fresh new clothes devotees visit the nearest Shiva temple to give ritual bath to the Shiva Lingum with milk, honey, water etc. Maha Shivratri 2020
Worship of Lord Shiva continues throughout the day and night. Every three hours priests perform ritual pooja of Shiva Lingam by bathing it with milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water amidst the chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya”. Jaagran is also observed in Shiva temples where large number of devotees spend the night singing devotional songs in praise of Lord Shiva. It is only on the following morning that devotee break their fast by partaking prasad offered to the deity.
How we Impress Lord Shiva On maha shiv ratri
- According to the Shiva Purana, there is a special significance of the six essential puja items used in the Shiva worship.
- Bathing of Shivalinga with water, milk and honey and wood apple or bel leaves added to it, represents purification of the soul.
- The vermilion paste applied on the linga after the ritual bath represents virtue.
- Offering of fruits symbolizes longevity and gratification of desires.
- Burning of incense sticks yields wealth.
- The lighting of the lamp symbolizes attainment of knowledge.
- Offering of betel leaves marks satisfaction with worldly pleasures.
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