Maha Shivaratri is the celebration of the great night of Lord Shiva. It is one of the holiest days of the Hindu Calendar. It is considered as the darkest day of the month and the darkest night of the year that celebrates the grace of Shiva who is considered as the Adi Guru or the first Guru from whom the Yogic tradition originates- Maha Shivratri is a day lasting for all devotees of Lord Shiva and is one of the eight most significant days of fasting in the Hindu Calendar. | Maha Shivaratri: The auspicious night of Lord Shiva |
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated by offering water, milk, dhatura, bhaang, akwan and flowers to Lord Shiva. Different mythical Shivaratri stories are associated with Maha Shivaratri. According to a popular legend, Maha Shivaratri is the night when Lord Shiva performs the cosmic dance of creation, preservation, and destruction. So, this day is considered as an opportunity to engage in awakening one’s inner spirit towards self-realization of the supreme. It is the reason that the Shiva scriptures encourage us to remain awake throughout the night of Shivaratri to welcome the new moon and its spiritual energy into our lives.
Maha Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is celebrated with religious fervor by devotees that celebrate the union of Shiva and Shakti, the two greatest forces of the universe. At the Shivoham Shiva Temple, the festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with grandeur, devotion, and love. It is regarded as a day of gratitude, a day of thanksgiving to Lord Shiva for his loneliness and blessings.
Shivalinga is a major ritual on Maha Shivaratri. Bathing the Shivalinga is performed using milk, honey, sugar, ghee, black sesame seeds, Ganga Jal, etc. After this sandalwood paste and rice are applied on Shivalinga and fresh fruits and flowers are also offered.
It is also believed that by worshipping Lord Shiva and observing Maha Shivaratri fast for the entire night, one can have control over the negative thoughts like anger, lust, greed, etc. Lord Shiva is the most complex of Hindu deities and one of the most powerful is known by different names – Mahadeva, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraja, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bhava, Bhole Nath and many more. He is the ultimate god with an extraordinary love for his devotees can grant anything you desire for. Chanting the mantras of Lord Shiva will enable you to have power from within, the powers which are still unexplored and untouched.