Shivratri Celebrations

Maha Shivratri in 2018 is on the Tuesday, 13th of Feb


Why is Shivratri Celebrated?

 Maha shivratri is celebrated during the month of February or March and this festival is devoted to Lord Shiva, as the name Maha shivrati itself means “the big night of Lord Shiva”. It is believed that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this day.

Shivaratri Celebrations

  • The devotees of Lord Shiva observe fast and spend their maximum time remembering Shiva. Early in the morning after taking bath people start performing Shivratri rituals and after doing prayers at home a visit to temple is also made.
  • People visit temples and make offerings of honey, milk, water, bael leaves and fruits to Shiva lingam. While making offerings, Shiva chalisa and other prayers are also recited, as these prayers help to keep away the problems of Lord Shiva devotees. People generally keep reciting “Om Namah Sivaya”.

Shivaratri Celebrations by Women

  • Women eagerly wait for this festival of Shivratri, as both married and unmarried women perform the fast of Shivratri with great believe and carry out all the Shivratri rituals and customs.

  • It is believed that Goddess Parvati, known as ‘Gaura' is the provider of a happy and successful married life and all those women who are unmarried perform this fast to get married to a good husband.

Puja Samagri

  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Honey
  • Ghee
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Fruits
  • flowers
  • Betel leaves
  • Bel leaves

Maha Shivratri Puja Procedure

  • Bathing the Linga with water, yoghurt, ghee, sugar, honey and milk.
  • Apply vermilion paste on the linga after bathing it.
  • Now offer bel leaves on top of the Shivalinga.
  • Offer fruits to Lord Shiva.
  • Offer flowers & betel leaves to Lord Shiva.
  • Now burn incense sticks or lamp.

Tradition of Drinking Thandai

  • A very famous tradition associated with the shivratri celebrations is drinking of the thandai, a drink made of bhang (cannabis), sweet almonds and milk. Drinking this drink is a tradition because Lord Shiva really loved cannabis.

Shivaratri Celebrations in other places

  • The celebrations of Shivratri can also be enjoyed at various other places, as this festival is celebrated in all the regions. In west Bengal girls observe Shivratri fast on this festival and worship Lord Shiva.
  • Sri Kalahasteshwara Temple at Kalahasti and the Bhramaramba Malikarjunaswamy Temple at Srisailam, in Andhra Pradesh are crowded with devotees during this festival. Umananda Temple at Peacock Island and the Sukreswar Temple on the banks of the river Brahmaputra, in Assam turn out to be a focus during Shivratri celebrations.

Some events happening in Delhi On Maha Shivratri

Mahadev

Where : Shri Adhyaya Katyayni Shakti Peeth Temple Chhatarpur
When : 1.30pm onwards

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An Ode to Lord Shiva

Where : Natya Tarangini Performing Art Center, Pushp Vihar, Sector-6, Saket
When : 8.30pm onwards

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Dance of Shiva

Where : Zorba The Buddha, Mehruali-Gurgaon road
When : 5.30pm onwards

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A dance and music festival

Where : Central Park, Rajiv Chowk
When : 6.30pm onwards

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Lord Shiva Powerful Mantra

Om namo hiranya bahade
hiranya varnaya
hiranya roopaya
hiranya pataye
Ambika pataya
Uma pataye
Pashupataye Namo Namaha

Ishana Sarvavidyanam
Ishwara Sarvabhutanam
Brahmadhipati
Brahmanodhipati
Brahma Shivo me Astu Sada Shiv Om

Tatpurushaya vidmahi
Vakvishudhaya dhimahi
Tanno Shiva Prachodayaat

Oho devaya vidmahi
Rudramurtaye dhimahi
Tanno Shiva Prachodayaat

Namaste Astu Bhagavan
Vishweshvaraya
Mahadevaya
Trayambakaya
Tripurantakaya
Trikagnikalaya
Kalagnirudraya
Neelakantaya
Mrityunjayaya
Sarveshvaraya
Sadashivaya
Shriman Mahadevaya Namaha
Om Shanti


 

Maha Shivaratri Dates
Date Day Year
March 7th Monday 2016
February 25th Saturday 2017
February 13th Tuesday 2018
March 4th Monday 2019
February 21st Friday 2020

India holidays celebrated in year 2018

DAY DATE HOLIDAY NAME
Mon Jan 01, 2018 New Year's Day
Sun Jan 14, 2018 Makar Sankranti / Pongal
Fri Jan 26, 2018 Republic Day
Tue Feb 13, 2018 Maha Shivaratri
Fri Mar 02, 2018 Holi
Sun Mar 18, 2018 Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
Sun Mar 25, 2018 Ram Navami
Thu Mar 29, 2018 Mahavir Jayanti
Fri Mar 30, 2018 Good Friday
Mon Apr 30, 2018 Budhha Purnima
Tue May 01, 2018 Labor Day
Sat Jun 16, 2018 Eid-ul-Fitar
Sat Jul 14, 2018 Rath Yatra
Wed Aug 15, 2018 Independence Day
Wed Aug 22, 2018 Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
Sat Aug 25, 2018 Onam
Sun Aug 26, 2018 Raksha Bandhan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 Vinayaka Chaturthi
Fri Sep 21, 2018 Muharram
Tue Oct 02, 2018 Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
Fri Oct 19, 2018 Dussehra / Dasara
Wed Nov 07, 2018 Diwali / Deepavali
Wed Nov 21, 2018 Milad un Nabi
Fri Nov 23, 2018 Guru Nanak's Birthday
Tue Dec 25, 2018 Christmas

Last Updated: 11th January, 2018