Maha Shivratri is among the biggest and most famous festivals among the Hindu people. It is celebrated every year in honour of Lord Shiva. He is the king of all Gods and was worshipped even by the demon king. King Ravana was a huge devotee of Lord Shiva. All the believers of Hinduism idolize Lord Shiva. Shiva is considered as the First Guru or the Adi Guru.
Maha Shivratri Date
Maha Shivratri 2019 Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2019
Maha Shivratri 2020 Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2020
Maha Shivratri 2021 Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021
Why is Maha Shivratri celebrated?
The day that comes before every new moon or the fourteenth day of every lunar month is known as Shivratri. There are twelve Shivratris in a year. Mahashivratri is one of the days that occur in February or March. It is the most sacred.
It is considered that Lord Shiva and Parvati got married on this day. Some people also believe that Shiva performed an incredible and the most glorious dance of the primal creation on this day. This day holds significance for people in different ways. This day is auspicious for some people as they celebrate it as Shiva’s wedding anniversary. Some people with worldly desires see this day as the day when Lord Shiva destroyed all his enemies. Some people believe it to be the day when Lord Shiva became one with Mount Kailash.
How is Maha Shivratri celebrated?
It is believed that on this night, the positioning of the entire hemisphere is in a way that energy level in a human being is at its spiritual peak. The festival is celebrated the whole night. Believers from all over the nation, visit the headwaters of the holy river Ganges. Generally, people go to Haridwar and fetch water from there and walk barefoot to their village. The water collected from the sacred river is used for bathing the Shiv Ling in their town. On this day, the holy mantra of Lord Shiva, that is “Om Namah Shivaya” is chanted in unison in the temples of Lord Shiva. The worshippers perform a special puja dedicated to Lord Shiva at home.
Huge gatherings take place in temples all over the nation, while the most significant celebration is carried in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. It is believed that Lord Shiva has lived there. Mahashivratri is considered to be one of the most significant festivals for women as all the unmarried women pray Lord Shiva for a husband as ideal as him. All married women pray for good health for their husbands. Maha Shivratri is a public holiday. All the schools, universities and most businesses remain closed on this day.
The spiritual significance of Maha Shivratri
The entire day and night of Maha Shivratri hold great significance in the yogic traditions. The night of Maha Shivratri offers an excellent environment for everyone to experience the oneness of existence. It is believed that there is just one energy that connects the entire universe and holds it together.