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Maha Shivratri – History & Significance

Maha shivratri 2022
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Spring has already taken the country in its embrace and Maha Shivratri is here again. The arrival of Spring is marked by Basant Panchami and Maha Shivratri is celebrated right after it. This year Maha Shivratri 2024 is being celebrated on March 1st and devotees all around the country are all set to celebrate the occasion with all their heart and devotion towards the deity. Let’s get to know a little more about this auspicious occasion in detail.

Maha Shivratri 2024

On this Mahashivratri, may the divine blessings of Lord Shiva bring peace, joy, and prosperity to your life. May you find strength in the cosmic dance of Shiva and experience moments of spiritual enlightenment. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed and auspicious Mahashivratri!

Maha Shivratri

How Maha Shivratri Is Celebrated?

Maha Shivratri is all about remembering the power of overcoming darkness and ignorance in this world and this life. Devotees celebrate this day by remembering Lord Shiva. They chant prayers, meditate and fast in the name of Lord Shiva. Many people stay awake for the whole night on this eve, on the other hand, others visit temples that are devoted to Lord Shiva. This is one of the major festivals among the Hindus and its origin dates back to the 5th century BC.

On this occasion, devotees offer fruits, leaves, sweets, and milk to the deity. Both Vedic and tantric worshippers of Shiva celebrate this day wholeheartedly. The sacred mantra of Shiva, “Om Namah Shivaya” is chanted in all Shiva temples throughout the country for the whole day. Some devotees recite the Shiva Chalisa.

Many people believe their wishes are granted on this day and they wish and pray for better health, happiness, and wealth for their families and close ones.

The Significance Of Observing Maha Shivratri 2024

There are various interpretations in the old Hindu writings that describe the reason for the celebration of Shivaratri. There has been mention of Shivratri in many Puranas like Skanda Purana, Padma Purana, and Linga Purana. Many legends revolve around the celebration of Maha Shivratri. According to the legend in Shaivism tradition on this day, Lord Shiva performed the heavenly dance of creation, preservation as well as destruction. So by chanting hymns of Lord Shiva, reading his scriptures, and fasting, devotees try to remember LordShiva’s presence everywhere.

Another legend suggests that Lord Shiva got married to his wife Parvati on this day. There is a significance of dance tradition that is associated with this occasion and has its roots in history. Hence, the day is celebrated with dance at major historical Hindu temples like Konark, Pattadakal, Chidambaram, Khajuraho, and many more.

The day is closely associated with Natya shastra performed in the Chidambaram temple which is Natyanjali and this means to worship through dance.

Few Final Words

Maha Shivratri is celebrated in every corner of the country and this also restores our faith in the power of almighty spirituality and we get more connected to ourselves through meditation and devotion. Maha Shivratri 2024 is being celebrated as enthusiastically as ever.

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