Revealing Facts About Mahashivratri

Maha Shivaratri, known as "The Great Night of Shiva," is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the supreme deities in Hinduism.

Night Of The Lingam

Mahashivratri usually occurs in February/March, celebrating Lord Shiva's symbolic power as Shivalinga. It's a night of fasting and prayers for spiritual upliftment.

Celebrating Union & Marriage

The festival also celebrates the union of Shiva & Parvati, symbolising universal harmony. Unmarried women pray for a husband embodying Shiva's virtues: strength, righteousness, & knowledge.

Devotees fast on this day, refraining from food & water. They also participate in devotional activities such as chanting mantras, conducting pujas, & praying to Lord Shiva.

Devotional Practices

Significance Of Bilva

The bel (bilva) leaves hold special significance during Maha Shivaratri, as devotees offer these leaves to the Shivalinga, believing them to be extremely auspicious.

Festivities & Celebrations

Grand celebrations are held at Shiva temples across India with elaborate decorations, special pujas, & devotional music performances.

Inner Growth

Maha Shivaratri encourages inner reflection, purification, & seeking peace, fosters a spiritual connection beyond external rituals, & focuses on inner growth.

Globally Honoured

Though it's primarily celebrated in India & Nepal, now it is observed by Hindu communities worldwide, adding to the global reach & significance of this ancient festival.

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