Mahashivratri is one of the important festival in India. This festival is celebrated with the honour of Lord Shiva.
According to Hindu culture, there are mainly two followers one is ‘shaiv’ and second is ‘Vaishnav’. ‘Shiav’ who follow Lord Shiva and ‘Vaishanv’ who follow Lord Vishnu.
The fourteenth day of every lunar month or day before new moon is known as Shivratri. In one English year, there are 12 shivratries. But one which occurred in Feb-Mar is most important and it is most spirituals also. This festival is celebrated on 13th night and 14th morning in month of falgun.
Mahashivratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his wife goddess Parvati.
Mahashivratri 2018 falls on February 13.
The story behind Mahashivaratri:
According to Hindu mythology, On this day Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married.
It is believed that on Mahashivaratri night Lord Mahadev perform Tandav Dance.
When ‘samudra Manthan’ was happening the ‘Halahal’ poison came out. Gods and Asuras got frightened. Nobody wants to take it. Then other gods requested to Lord Shiva to do something.
Lord Shiva came and drink ‘Halahal’ poison. Mahadev stored this danger poison in his throat. So his throat became blue in color that’s why we called him ‘Nilkhanth’. Ultimately Lord Shiva saves the human being. This incident believed to happen on Mahashivaratri.
Fast on Mahasivratri:
On Mahashivratri devotees do fast in the name of Lord Shiva to seek blessings. On this day devotees take only fruits and milk. They do worship all day by spiritual mind. As we know there is the only chant they do ‘OM NAMAH SHIVAY’.
Importance of Mahashivratri:
On Mahashivratri sadhu, devotees visit the nearest temple of Lord Mahadev and do their prayers. On this day women both married and unmarried performed puja for goddess Parvati which is also known as ‘Gauri’.
Specially unmarried women performed puja of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati for being blessed good husband (like Lord Shiva) and a long happy married life.
On this special day of Mahashivratri, We wish each of you a very happy mahashivratri. May Lord Shiva blessed you with good health and happiness.