Importance of Maha Shivratri
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. Watch our latest video to learn more.
One of the most auspicious festivals of the Hindus Maha Shivratri is celebrated with great pomp and show. Hindu communities across the world dedicate this day to Lord Shiva and offer their devotion to the mighty God. This year, Maha Shivratri will be celebrated on 11 March. The word ‘Shivratri’ means Lord Shiva and Night. Some say that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married on this day. While others say that Lord Shiva had consumed the poison that occurred due to the war between gods and demons. He held the poison in his throat which caused it to turn blue. Hence, he also came to be known as ‘Neelkanth’.
People say that Lord Shiva’s powers are very strong because of his efforts to save the Earth from destructible forces. Women, especially worship Lord Shiva to pray for a peaceful, happy and successful married life. Unmarried women also observe this fast to get married to a suitable man.
On this day, many believe that if one utters the name Shiva with utmost dedication and devotion then it will help to remove all sin, greed and negative forces from life. Early morning Devotees take a holy bath in the Ganga River or these days people have a bath at home and start observing their fast. They have to take a second bath in the evening before doing the Shivratri Puja that should only be done at night. The devotees break the fast the next day after bathing and eat all sorts of fruit, sweets to commemorate the festival. This festival is considered to be very pure and divine as the blessing of Lord Shiva helps to eliminate darkness from everyone’s lives.