Maha Shivratri 2018: Know Lord Shiv puja date, vidhi, mantra and importance

Maha Shivratri 2018: Know Lord Shiv puja date, vidhi, mantra and importance

There are several legends around Maha Shivratri. Though religiously the day holds special meaning for devotee, it has a deeper significance in spiritual realm. He is considered as the Supreme Being the one with vast power that exists through the universe.

Maha Shivaratri 2018: India is all set to celebrate Maha Shivaratri festival which is Mainly celebrated by the Hindus to overcome darkness and ignorance. It is one of the most celebrated festivals of Hindus that is celebrated every year across the country by the Shiva "bhakts" with full of enthusiasm. Hence, Maha Shivratri is observed and Lord Shiva is revered to destroy the adverse effects of tamas (negative forces) all around and establish a serene and healthy atmosphere for all of us. This year, it falls on Tuesday, February 13. Lord Shiva is considered as the supreme power of the universe. On this day, Lord Shiva is remembered by chanting, prayers. For those who perform 4 Prahar, Pooja must use the water during first Prahar Abhishek, curd during second Prahar, Ghee during third and honey during fourth Prahar Abhishek. Devotees throng the temples to offer ritual bath, also known as abhishek, to the Shiva Linga.

On the festival, people observe a stringent fast, when they would not consume anything other than the diet formulated especially for the occasion. Wood-apple leaves, cold water and milk are also proffered to the deity. The chanting of hymns, the reading of Shiva scriptures and the chorus of devotees joins this cosmic dance and remembers Shiva's presence everywhere.


One of the reason for its celebration is also the marriage of lord Shiva and goddess Parvati.

Maha Shivaratri the festival of Lord Shiva is one of the most awaited festivals for the devotes. Mostly the unmarried girls tribute their prayers to Lord Shiva to be blessed with an ideal spouse like Him while married women pray to Lord Shiva for the well-being and long life of their husbands and children. Major Indian temples in Konark, Khajuraho, Pattadakal, Modhera and Chidambaram organise annual dance festivals. Chanting Rudrashtak from Ramayana, which was sung by Ravana to appease Shiva, or Nirvana Shatakam or any one of the other Vairagya chants, are considered beneficial. However, on the 14th night, the destructive part of the cycle of creation and destruction (symbolised by the waxing and waning moon), comes to a still.

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