• Self Help

Important Things You Need to Know About Maha Shivaratri

Important Things You Need to Know About Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the 14th night of the Phalgun month of the Hindu calendar. On this day people honour Lord Shiva, who is responsible for the big changes in the universe. During this time, people follow certain traditions. They fast, stay awake all night doing prayers and meditation and visit temples dedicated to Shiva to seek blessings and spiritual growth.

Let's learn about the essential aspects of Maha Shivaratri that make it an important occasion in Hindu culture.

Significance of Lord Shiva's Night

The purpose of Maha Shivaratri is to pay respect to the Mahadev, the god of cosmic change and destruction. The festival celebrates the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Things People Do and Believe In

People get ready for this festival by doing special rituals. They go to Shiva temples, offer prayers, and perform Abhishekam (a ritual bathing) over the symbol of Shiva called the Shiva Linga. The night is dedicated to meditation, chanting sacred Mantras, and engaging in devotional activities. Fasting is observed as a means of purification, symbolizing detachment from worldly desires and a focus on spiritual pursuits.

Legends and Mythology

The festival has a lot of stories that add depth to its significance. In one such story, a pot of poison appeared from the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan). In order to save the universe, Lord Shiva drank the poison, which caused his neck to become blue and gave him the name Neelkanth. This act is a symbol of self-sacrifice for the greater good, emphasizing the divine qualities of Lord Shiva. 

Relevance in Hindu Culture

Maha Shivaratri goes beyond being a religious event; it is a cultural and spiritual phenomenon. People from different backgrounds come together to celebrate and show their love for the Adiyogi. It's like a big gathering where everyone, no matter where they're from, joins in to celebrate together.

So, this is a festival all about spirituality, tradition, and cultural unity. By understanding its significance and engaging in rituals, devotees embark on a deep spiritual journey, seeking blessings, enlightenment, and a deeper connection with the divine. Enjoy the spiritual essence of Maha Shivaratri with Bhakti Active with the value-added service on the d2h connection. Feel closer to God on this auspicious night of Lord Shiva with Aarti, Bhajans & more.