Mahashivratri 2024

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Brief about Mahashivratri

Mahashivratri (The great night of Shiva) is a remarkable day of celebration for all Shiva devotees and everyone around the world who belongs to the Hindu religion. As per the Hindu calendar the festival of maha Shivaratri is observed on the 14th day of Krishna paksha (dark half of the lunar month) of phalgun month. This festival commemorates the wedding of Shiva and Parvati. In Kashmir region of India the festival is called ‘Har-ratri’.

Shiv Parvati Vivah

Mentions of this festival ‘Mahashivratri’ could be traced in several puranas like Skand Puran, Ling Puran, Padma Puran etc. according to the most discussed tales, this is the night when Shiva and Parvati got married. Shiva’s wedding is considered as one of the  unique weddings ever.

Shiva who is said to be the lord of lords, resides in the isolated peak of Mount Kailash, deprived of any devine facilities or luxurious surroundings and is bowed down by everyone be it Dev, asur, nag, Bhoot, pishach, rakshas, manushya. Unlike other devtas, Shiva wears a snake around his neck as an ornament, keeps Nandi (A bull) as his wahan, and ties the divine Ganga into his locks.

On the contrary, Parvati is the daughter of king Himachal. This princess, who is used to the luxurious life of a princess, is extremely beautiful and possesses high morals and values.  Parvati was destined to marry Shiva and so happened. Parvati was determined to marry Shiva and her intense austerities transformed her into a higher being and hence was accepted by Shiva as his better half. 

Although Parvati’s family was initially resisting the wedding as the groom was not suited to the daughter on various aspects but later on being convinced by the divinity of Shiva, the grand wedding took place on the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri.

Other legends

Apart from Shiva and Parvati’s wedding, Mahashivratri has other associated legends as well. According to one such legend this is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and distraction. This famous dance form of Shiva is known as Tandav.

Another legend states that the significance of this day is such that by offering to Shiva icons specially the Shivling one can overcome the past sins and restart a virtuous path and thereby attain liberation.

Consumption of halahal

According to a famous tale when devatas and asuras performed samudra manthan, a highly poisonous product called halahal vish was obtained along with other substances from the ocean. When everyone was in a dilemma about who would consume the halahal and leave the nectar for the entire world it was Shiva who came forward drunk the poisonous halahal and held it in his neck. Since then Shiva came to be known as Neelkantha which means the one who has blue throat. It is said that the consumption of halahal was also done on this auspicious day.

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Mahashivratri 2024

This year Mahashivratri will be celebrated on 8 March all around the world. This festival is celebrated on Krishna paksha of phalgun month on chaturdashi tithi. ( Mahashivratri 2024)

Date and time

For any celebration according to Hindu calendar it is important to know when the tithi begins and when the tithi ends so that the festival is celebrated within the exact duration. Exact time for Mahashivratri 2024-

Chaturdashi tithi begins- 8th March 2024 from 9:57 PM onwards.

Chaturdashi tithi ends- 9th march up to 6: 17 PM.

Celebration and significance

The festival of Shivratri holds immense significance among the devotees of lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. People visit Shiva temple and perform various rituals like abhishekam, rudrabhishek, chants, havan and what not. People usually offer panchamrit to shivling and a panchamrit is a mixture of five things that consist of milk, curd, honey , sugar and ghee. People continuously chant mantras like Om namah shivaya, mahamrityunjay mantra and various shlokas. At several places people even carry out processions displaying Shiva in the attire of a groom who is stepping out to marry Devi Parvati.

People have firm belief that shipping their lord Shiva on this auspicious occasion will bring immense happiness and prosperity to their lives and will ultimately help them in achieving liberation which is the ultimate goal of a human being according to Hindu religion. Mahashivratri 2024 will be a huge celebration among Shiva’s devotees.

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