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Maha Shivratri

About Maha Shivratri

Festival of Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva. The festival has been accorded lot of significance in Hindu mythology. It says that a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha.

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  • Festival of Mahashivaratri has tremendous significance in Hinduism.
  • According to sacred scriptures, ritual worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri festival that falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases Lord Shiva the most.
  • This fact is said to have been declared by Lord Shiva himself, when his consort Parvati asked him as to which ritual performed by his devotees pleases him the most.
  • Maha Shivratri is basically a celebration of the change of the seasons.
  • They observe day and nigh fast and give sacred bath to Shiva Linga with honey, milk, water etc.
  • Hindus consider it extremely auspicious to worship Lord Shiva on a Shivaratri as it is believed that worship of Lord Shiva with devotion and sincerity absolves a devotee of past sins.
  • The devotee reaches the abode of Lord Shanker and lives there happily. He is also liberated from the cycle of birth and death and attains moksha or salvation.
  • The key significance of the Maha Shivratri is that it is believed to be the darkest night of the year.
  • Married and unmarried Hindu women across the country observe fast, perform puja of Lord Shiva and try to please Goddess Parvati, to seek blessings to get a good husband like Lord Shiva.
  • 2017 - Friday,24th February
  • 2018 - Tuesday,13th February
  • 2019 - Monday,4th March
  • 2020 - Friday,21st February
  • 2021 - Thursday, 11th March
  • 2022 - Tuesday,1st March
  • 2023 - Saturday,18th February
  • 2024 - Friday,8th March
  • 2025 - Wednesday,26th February
  • Celebrated by all the Indians.