Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri


Mahashivratri is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus. As per the South India Panchangam (Amavasyant Panchang), Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the dark fortnight in the Magha month. On the other hand, as per the almanac of North India (Purnimant Panchang), festival of Maha Shivaratri is observed on the fourteenth day of the dark fortnight in the Falgun month.

As per the Panchangam of both North as well as South, Mahashivaratri occurs on the same day. Hence, according to Gregorian Calendar, the date remains same in the entire India. On this day, devotees of Shiva worship him by offering Bael leaves to the Shivling, keeping fast, and staying awake whole night.


Meaning of Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri is an amalgamation of the sentence which means the great night of Lord Shiva. It is one of the greatest occasions to immerse in the holy chanting of Bholenath. On Maha Shivratri, devotees indulge in the devotion of Neelkanth and roar together “Har Har Mahadev”, “Om Namah Shivay” and “Bhole Baba ki Jay”. Therefore, the voices of devotees turn the entire surrounding into a grand religious affair.


Significance of Maha Shivratri

The legends of Hindu mythology often mention the gain of devoting Lord Shiva. In Hindu culture, chanting of Maha Mrityunjay Mantra of Lord Shiva takes away all the pain, stress, anxiety, and problems. Therefore, worshiping Lord Shiva on the day of Maha Shivratri has a great significance in the life of Hindus.

Also, for people who choose the spiritual path, the festival of Shivratri is a day to dedicate to their Mahakaal. They believe, by worshiping Lord Shiva they can move to the path of righteousness, goodness, and become a better family member because the day of Maha Shivratri is believed to be the day when Lord Shiva marries her beloved Goddess Parvati.

The day of Maha Shivratri holds a tremendous belief for people who believe in the strength of God.


When Is Maha Shivratri In 2021?

11 March 2021 (Thursday)

Mahashivratri Puja Muhurat

Nishita Kaal Puja Time : 24:06:41 to 24:55:14

Duration : 0 Hour 48 Minute

Maha Shivaratri Parana Time : 06:36:06 to 15:04:32 on 12th, March


Mahashivratri Vrat Puja Vidhi

   1.   Fill an earthen pot with water or milk. Put some Bael leaves, flowers of Datura-Aak, rice, etc. in it and then offer it on Shiva Ling. If there is no Shiv temple around then worship should be done by creating a Shivaling with mud at home.

   2.   On this day, one should recite Shiv Purana and chant Mahamrityunjaya or 5-letter Mantra of Shiva Om Namah Shivaya. Additionally, one should stay awake throughout the night of Mahashivratri.

   3.   As per the classical rituals, the best time to perform Mahashivratri Pujan is ?Nishith Kaal?. However, devotees can perform the Puja during all 4 Prahars of the night as per their convenience.


(Updated Date & Time :- 2020-03-03 10:14:58 )

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