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Maha Shivaratri which translates to “The great night of Shiva”, is the main festival of Lord Shiva & the most important spiritual festivals in India. The devotees wait for Maha Shivaratri yearlong to receive the immense blessings of Bholenath.
One gets the benefits of worshipping equivalent to prayer for a whole year if one pleases Lord Shiva on Maha Shivaratri.
The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before Amavasya is known as Shivaratri. Of all the Shivaratri coming in a Hindu calendar year, Maha Shivaratri is the most important.
The festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the Chaturdashi of the Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month of Hindu calendar, which falls in the month of February-March. Devotees keep fast on this day and perform Jalabhishek in temples throughout the day.
This year, Maha Shivratri falls on 11th March 2021.
Shiva devotees celebrate the marriage of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati on the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri. It is believed that Mata Parvati also known as Gauri, Uma, and Shakti was married to Lord Shiva on Maha Shivaratri. On this very day, Shiva left his ascetic life and entered household (Grhasthee) life. Shiva, who was a recluse (Vairaagee), became a householder (Grhasth). It is believed that this is also one of the reasons behind celebrating Holi 15 days after Maha Shivaratri.
Shiva Purana provides detailed explanation of how to perform Shiva & Shakti Puja on Maha Shivratri.
We perform Rudra Abhishek, Lord Shiva & Mata Parvati Puja, and Mahamrityunjay Mantra Jaap & Homam for you using Authentic Samagris and Vedic Guidelines to ensure that you receive full benefits of the Puja.
One must remember these things during the Maha Shivaratri Puja in order to please Mahadev and Mata Parvati.
Apply Tripund / Tilak
Tripund or Tilak has special significance in Lord Shiva worship. Sandalwood or Vibhut (bhasam) tilak is applied to the Shivaling in the form of three horizonal lines starting from the left side & moving to the right. Applying tilak leads to increased luck, recovery, and happiness.
Mahadev becomes pleased when Shivling is anointed (abhishekam) with ‘Panchamrit’ including milk, curd, ghee, honey and Ganges water. The mixture of these 5 things called ‘Panchamrit’ is used during Rudra Abhishek. Sugarcane Juice, Coconut Water, Sandal Wood Paste, Incense Sticks, Ghee Lit Diyas etc. are also used as a part of Rudra Abhishekam to please Mahadev.
Offer Bel Patra or Leaves
Bel leaves also known as Bel Patra and Aegle marmelos, have great importance in the worship of Lord Shiva. Bel is said to be one of the forms of Mahadev. Maha Shivaratri Vrat Katha tells that story of a hunter who sat on the Bel tree overnight due to fear of wild animals and to stop from falling asleep, he broke the leaves of the Bel and threw them down. Coincidentally, there was Shivaling at that place. Thus, the hunter was offering bel patra to the Shivaling for the entrire nigjt. Lord Shiva appeared in front of the hunter and the hunter was granted salvation by Bholenath.
Mahamrityunjay Mantra is the Maha Mantra of Mahadev. It is the most powerful mantra of Mahadev that is the destroyer of diseases and protector of human health. The mantra provides longevity, as well as protection from diseases, and untimely death.
It is often believed that on the day of Maha Shivaratri, Jyotirlinga appeared for the first time. Shiva’s appearance in the form of the lingam of infinitely huge fiery light column is called Jyotirlinga. This Agni lingam that has neither beginning nor an end. At the starting of the universe, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu competed to find who was superior and thus began a competition among them to find the end of Jyotirlinga. Lord Brahma searched for teh topmost part of as a swan while Lord Vishnu was also looking for the base. Both were unable to find the end even after years of searching. Such is the significance of this divine form of Mahadev.
Sea churning (Sagar Manthan)
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated to commemorate the event of Lord Shiva drinking poison and saving the Devtas along with the whole world from the most dangerous poison of all. During the churning of sea by Gods and demons for nectar, the poison named Kalkut came out of the ocean before the nectar. The venom had the ability to destroy the universe and therefore to save the universe, Mahadev drank that poison. The poison stopped in his throat and Mahadev’s throat became blue, giving Lord Shiva the name ‘Neelkanth’.