Mahashivratri- A glorious occasion devoted to Lord Shiva
Mahashivratri is one of the most beautiful and glorious occasions. It is dedicated to the god of destruction, Lord Shiva. The imperial Lord Shiva is the most divine yet ferocious deity in the Vedic realm. He is known for his immense powers for creating and destroying the world. The Supreme Lord Shiva protects his devotees from adversities and negativity.
Significance of Mahashivratri
Mahashivratri is one of the most glorious festivals observed in Hindu cosmology. It is celebrated in the Phalguna month of the Hindu lunar calendar. Mahashivratri is the biggest festival devoted to the most important deity of the Hindu realm that is Lord Shiva. There are many significant legends linked with Mahashivratri. Vedas and Puranas state that on Mahashivratri wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti takes place. The marriage took place one day before Amavasya of Phalguna month.
Another prominent legend linked with Mahashivratri is that Samundra manthan also takes place on Mahashivratri only. In samundra manthan, the great churning of the ocean took place, and elixir and poison emerged from it. Lord Shiva drank the poison and distributed the elixir among the other godheads.
How to celebrate Mahashivratri?
Mahashivratri is celebrated by observing a fast for the mighty Lord Shiva. Devotees visit Shiva temples and revere the mighty deity. Devoting milk to shivling is a special ritual linked to Mahashivratri. Devotees organise a special puja ceremony for Lord Shiva by placing the idol of Shiva and Parvati together. Fruits, flowers, prasad and devotional offerings are also devoted on this day. They chant slokas, legends and slokas to glorify Lord Shiva.
Boons of celebrating Mahashivratri
Here are a few notable benefits of celebrating Mahashivratri-
- ● Mahashivratri brings the blessings of the supreme Lord Shiva
- ● It glorifies life with spiritual awakening and peace.
- ● The festival fulfils life with bliss, joy and immense happiness.
- ● It brings streams of abundance and financial prosperity.● The beautiful festival brings harmony and happiness to families.
● It helps attain salvation and also helps in eliminating the vicious cycle of birth and death.
Seek all the above boons by a proper celebration of Mahashivratri. If you wish to know more about the significance, tithis and rituals, get in touch with us.