Maha Shivratri In India:

Maha Shivratri is one of the major and most celebrated festivals of India. It is a day which is dedicated to the lord Shiva. This day marks as a celebration of religious event of Hindu religion. This festival observed each of the year as on 4th day of Krishna Paksh of the month of Falgun according to Hindu calendar

in North regions of India while it observed as on 4th day of Krishna Paksh in the month of Magh according to Hindu calendar in the region of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka. This is the time when devotee of supreme divine power lord Shiva observes fasts without taking water. It is the day which has a great importance for a Hindu Family.

There is a myth behind the celebration of Maha Shivaratri festival of Hindu religion in India. Once upon a time during the churning of ocean (Samundra Manthan) between demons and devas there emerged a pot of terrific poison. If this poison would found by the demon than they can destroyed the entire universe.

To avoid this incident all of the Devas went to lord Shiva and requested to survive the world to destroy. Than lord Shiva take this terrific poison but he kept this poision in his throat. This process turn his throat with blue color so the lord Shiva also known as a name of ‘Nilkanth’. This is the day of Maha Shivrati to celebrate in dedication of lord Shiva to survive the whole world.

  • Maha Shivratri In Year 2012 : 20 Feb

Maha Shivratri celebrated each of the years according to Hindu calendar and varies in English Calendar and it will be come in year of 2012 as on Thursday, 20 of February.

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Maha Shivaratri Festival this Year:

Maha Shivaratri Festival is such a grand religious festival of Hindu religion. At the time of Krishna Paksha, it occurred on



the 14th night of Phalgun month according to the Hindu calendar. The Sanskrit word ‘Krishna Paksha’ is referred as a declining of the moon.

According to the English calendar the day is observed in the February-March month. It is celebrated in the memory of the wedding day of god Shiva and deity Parvati. However, many devotees believed that on this night lord Shiva did the ‘Tandav Nritya’. The dance is a sign of primitive formation, conservation and demolition.

In the early morning people take a bath and they wears new clothes. After that they visits their local temples of lord Shiva to give a traditional bath which is called ‘Abhishek’ to the Shiva Ling with the mixture of milk, sour milk, gau-mutra, dung and butter. The mixture is called as a ‘Panchagavya’ (panchamrit). Mainly the celebrations observed at night. The entire night is devoted to lord Shiva.

A mass of devotees gathered in the Shiva temples and they spend full night by singing bhajans, hymns and mantras in the honor of lord Shiva. Women also pray to goddess Parvati on this occasion. (more…)

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