Maha Shivaratri Festival is totally committed to lord Shiva. It is celebrated in the memory of his marriage with goddess Parvati. But some of the devotees also believed that the day symbolizes his performance of ‘Tandava’ dance.
It has a great significance for men and women. Worship on this day gives most pleasure to lord Shiva. This statement is said by lord Shiva when his wife Parvati asked him for best occasion to worship him.
Devotees are worshipped lord Shiva with a grand sincerity and devotion. On this entire day they observe fast. Devotees give a holy bath to Shiv Lingam with Panchamrit. In the early morning they chant his mantras and prayers. Some beautiful prayers we can see here in the following-
Prayers of Lord Shiva:
Om Sarva Mangal Manglaye Shivay Sarvaarth Sadhike
Sharanye Trayambake Gauri Narayaani Namostu Te
Om Namastestu Bhagavan
Trikagni – Kalaya
Kalagni – Rudraya Nil – Kanthaya Mrityunjaya
Sriman Mahadevaya Namah.
Lord Shiva has different names like Bholenath, Skandaguru, Trinetra, Bhudeva, Chandrapal, Gangadhara, Girijapati etc. All names have a different meaning and a great significance. Lord Shiva is also known as a Neelkanth. During the Samundra Manthan by gods and demons, a pot of venom came out from the ocean. Then gods went to the lord Shiva for help, thus Shiva drank all venom. That is why he called as a ‘Neelkanth’.