Maha Shivaratri 2017 - February 24 (Friday)
Shivaratri or Mahashivaratri (Night of Shiva) is a Hindu
festival, celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm. The festival falls every year around 13th
night or 14th day in the
Krishna Paksha of the of Magh (as per
Shalivahana) or Phalgun (as per Vikrama) in the Hindu Calendar. The festival is exclusively dedicated to Lord Shiva who is known by hundreds of
names. Maha Shivratri is the day to rejoice and pray to the almighty for
wellness. On this day, Hindu people offer prayers to the Lord Shiva and also
observe fasting (vrata) throughout the day. You can see huge crowd of devotees
outside the Shiva temples where they come for early morning prayers.
The prayers continue throughout the night of Mahashivratri
and Lord Shiva’s followers offer coconut, Bilva leaves, fruits and specially
prepared sacred food for the occasion. As this is a dark fortnight, devotees light and
diyas (a made usually of clay, with wick made of
cotton and dipped in ghee) throughout the night. This is signified as a symbol
of spiritual manifestation.
Mahashivratri is one of the major festivals in India
and everybody from kids to old-age people like to participate in one way or the
other. Lord Shiva is also known as a ‘Destroyer’ or ‘Transformer’ according to
the Hindu religion and he is worshiped not only in India
but also in other neighboring countries like Nepal
and Sri Lanka.
Maha Shivaratri Video