Maha Shivratri is one of most auspicious events for Hindus. It is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva.
Maha Shivratri 2018: Maha Shivratri is one of most auspicious events for Hindus. It is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. Celebrated every year, ‘Shivratri’ literally translates to ‘Great night of Shiva’. On this night, believers chant prayers, keep fast and meditate to honour Lord Shiva. Hindus believe that on this day Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married, thus bringing together two great forces. This day is also believed to be the convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Hindus also believe on this night Lord Shiva performs ‘tandav nritya’. According to South Indian calendar, Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha in a month of Magha is known as Maha Shivaratri. In Drik Panchang, however, according to North Indian calendar, Masik Shivaratri in the month of Phalguna is known as Maha Shivaratri.
Maha Shivratri 2018: Importance and Significance:
This year Shivratri will be celebrated on February 14.Shivratri is considered one of the most auspicious of occasions as married and unmarried Hindu women across the country observe fast, and perform puja to seek blessings to get a good husband. The Goddess is believed to bless the women with a long and prosperous married life. The key significance of the Maha Shivratri is that it is believed to be the darkest night of the year.
Maha Shivratri 2018: Rituals (Puja Vidhi)
According to Shiv Purana, Shiva Linga must be bathed with water, milk and honey first. One can also apply rose water, yogurt and sandalwood paste to bath the Shiva Linga. Woodapple must be offered to the Lord, as it symbolises purification of the soul. One must apply vermillion paste after bathing the Linga, which symbolises virtue. After that devotees must offer fruit, which denotes longevity and fulfilment of desire. Then, an incense stick and a candle is lit to attain wealth and knowledge.