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Maha Shivaratri'

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Introduction:

Maha Shivaratri' is one of the most important festivals of Hindus. Maha Shivaratri really means the great night of Shiva or the night of Shiva. It is the festival celebrating the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Maha Shivratri falls on 13th night/ 14th day of Krishna paksha of Phalgun month, according to the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated with great rapture all over India.

The Hindu calendar is based on lunar Activities in unlike the. The modern solar calendar. In modern calendar, the day roughly falls anywhere between February and March. Shiva means kalyana or well-being. He balances the nature by acting as a God of destruction. He completes the trinity.

The Samudra Manthan, Shiva gulped the poison and all the Gods performed dance and sang hymns to keep him awake. This was also a way to keep a Surveillance on him.

This day is also celebrated as the wedding day of lord Shiva and Parvati. There is also another belief that this was the day when the Radiant Shiva Lingams appeared on the earth in the form of Jyotir Lingam.

 

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How Celebrated:

On Maha Shivaratri, very early morning, Shiva temples are flocked by devotees. Shiva devotees observe fast throughout the day and night. On this day, they perform various rituals by doing rurdrabhishek and pour water and milk over the Shiva Lingam. Leaves of Bael tree are also offered. Religious songs and mantras are held. The devotees chant the mantra "Om Namah Shivaya".

Shiva devotee observes fast throughout the day and night and takes only fruits and water. They perform Different Ritual by doing rurdrabhishek and elaborative pujan and pour water over the Shiva Lingam in the morning hours. Leaves of Bael tree are also offered. Devotee sings religious songs and recites mantras during the day time. Mausoleum is carried out as the night falls. International Mandi Shivratri fair is held every year in Himachal Pradesh to celebrate the day.

 

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