Maha Shivratri is celebrated with great reverence and enthusiasm in honour of Lord Shiva. Stories pertaining to the reason why Maha Shivratri is celebrated along with traditions and customs associated with it make for a truly informative and interesting read!
Let us look at some interesting facts about Maha Shivratri –
1. Maha Shivratri celebrates the union of Shiva and Shakti, Shiva married Parvati on this day.
2. As per the Hindu calendar, Shivratri is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha. Dedicated to Lord Shiva
3. Out of the 12 Shivratris in the year, the Mahashivratri is considered to be the most auspicious one.
4. Woodapple leaves, cold water and milk are offered to the Shiva Lingam on this day as they are believed to be Lord Shiva’s favorite. Many devotees drink “thandai’ as prasad on Maha Shivratri since it is believed that Lord Shiva was particularly fond of “thandai’.
5. It is also said that on this night, Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya
6. This festival is extremely special night for unmarried Hindu women as worshipping Lord Shiva on this day will help them to obtain a husband like the Lord.shiva.
7. The day of Maha Shivratri is spent in medication, fasting or singing religious songs of Lord Shiva. Temples are filled with devotees as many believe it would cleanse all of their sins.. Devoted worship of Lord Shiva on this night also helps one achieve success and prosperity, and drives away evil spirits. It is believed that the people who fast on this night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva bring good luck into their life.
8. Another legend that surrounds Maha Shivratri is that Lord Shiva appeared in the form of the “Lingodbhav Moorti” during midnight of this day and this is the reason behind why devotees stay awake and offer prayers to the Lord. They observe a Jaagran and sing songs and hymns in praise of Lord Shiva.
9. The most popular Maha Shivratri celebrations take place in Ujjain, believed to be the place of residence of Lord Shiva. Large processions are carried out throughout the city, with people thronging the streets to catch a glimpse of the revered idol of Lord Shiva
10. The festival is not only celebrated in India and Nepal but also in parts of West Indies which apparently over 400 temples across the country.
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