Maha Shivarathri (Maha Shivratri) or Great Shiva (siva) Night), a Hinduism festival, is exclusively dedicated to Lord (Hindu) Shiva. This festival is celebrated on the 13th night/ 14th or any nearest day of the month of Phalgun (Which is February in general use) or Maagh (March in general use). On the first following day before the between night, people do fasting (avoiding food & drinks) and observe (or promising) an all-night vigil. They also loudly chant the name of Lord Shiva and read about his glory all over the past.
Let me share some interesting facts about this and along the Hindu mythology which so excited if you are a fan of history and mysterious thing.
- The very first thing is “Maha Shivratri” the “Great Night of Lord Shiva”.
- Hinduism is talking about two super powers, Universally – Shiva and Shakti. combination moment of both of them, celebrated as “Maha Shivratri”.
- According to the mythologies, Lord Shiva got married Goddes Parvati on the same day.
- It says, a spiritual & powerful dance called “Shiva Tandavam” was performed by Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri. Dance has been described as the dance of all creations in universe or/and the destruction too. (As Christ said, I am the beginning also the end)
- More on stories, Lord Shiva was “ideal role model of a best ever husband”. Hence, For all the spinster, It’s time to make a wish for a husband like Great Shiva.
- Married women practice those all rituals and fasting with a humble request and wish to Lord Shiva to protect and ask the mercy on their Husbands and their betterment.
- Hindus believe in specific good time. There is a sacred (Nakath/Time) kaala, Lord Shiva manifested as lingam on earth. The Nakatha is called “Nishitha Kala”. All are invited to start and perform Shiva Puja. It is the puja which is performed during the all the ratri (Night).
- Maha Shivratri Rituals are included special meditation, prayers, fasting, performing pujas, all-night vigil and abhishekas. Part of worshippers only allowed themselves to fruits & beverages like juice, water while others follow a strict rule just one meal a day. Lots of people practice fasting all the day (From the Morning to Evening) just right before the night of Maha Shivratri.
- In that night, puja for the Shivalinga (Penis of Lord Shiva) is a sacred ritual. So, the Shivalinga is being washed with honey, milk, butter and Ganga Jal (Water of Ganga River) etc. After those rituals, sandalwood paste and rice is applied on Shiwalinga. Part of the rituals, Flowers are Fruits are offered to the Lord Shiva statue (or linga) as the last past of spiritual customs.
- Lord Shiva is the dominator of all good and bad. So, the worshippers believe that this puja can help them to get rid of all the negative energy and also negative attitudes. As per we learn, somehow it is important to boost our mentality to positive. This puja definitely forward worshippers mind to positive as they believe in Shiva.
Hinduism is widely practicing religion and it has many branches. This day might be celebrated in very different ways and even the day might have different meanings in similar cultures. I hope to investigate more to bring you more stories about this day if I got any clue. If you know something beyond this and if you think something wrong, please comment below or in Facebook.
I wish you the best and prosperous day if you are celebrating this festival.