The importance of some divine festivals are way too difficult & complex to be able to be expressed in mere words. I guess that’s why I thank god for inventing Idioms & phrases, but to stress the importance of Mahashivratari & the significance this day has on Indian mythology & people alike, even the mighty idioms & phrases fail to deliver on that front.
Mahashivratri is that holy festival where in people all across the country join hands & venerate the mighty Lord Shiva by showering him with prayers, prasad and utmost devotion. The zest, exuberance & the fresh enthusiasm is all but visible as it becomes increasingly difficult for people to keep a fine grip on their emotions. As per popular beliefs, Mahashivratri marked the first day when people got to see Lord Shiva in a different avatar (Ling incarnation to be very specific). Mahashivratri is usually celebrated on the 14th day of the dark lunar fortnight in the month of Falgun. This year it shall be celebrated on 24th of February. So, mark this day on your calendar as this day shall help you reel from all the things that had been holding you back in life & help you seek redemption from your past un-greatful of deeds.
Maha Shivratari Puja Muhurat :
Nishita Kaal Puja Time : 24:09:07 to 24:59:21
Duration : 50 minutes
Maha Shivratri Parana time: 06:51:58 to 15:27:20 on 25th, February
Note: The above mentioned timings are for New Delhi, To know about the Puja Muhurat in your city, Maha Shivratri Puja Muhurat
How to satiate Lord shiva with that perfect puja vidhi
The Fast & the Rudrabhishekam holds utmost importance in regard to Maha Shivratri festival. It plays a vital & an instrumental role in pleasing Lord Shiva.
- Observe a fast for the entire day, eating only fruits & milk.
- Recite Shiva Puran as well as Mahamrityunjaya mantra. Chant Om Namaha Shivay. Try to stay up all night to worship Lord Shiva sincerely.
- Pay homage to Lord Shiva, along the 4 phases of night. However, keep in mind that during the Nishita kaal, the veneration to Lord Shiva holds of great & pivotal nature.
The Significance of the most important of fasts there is to please Lord Shiva
One such parable which greatly explains this phenomena is when Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva as to which of the fasts would prove to be the decisive factor in becoming the most standout-est of fasts to amend all the wrongs, while being practically the most sort after fast there is to attain mental satisfaction as well as inner peace, only if such a thing ever existed. To answer this question, Lord Shiva slowly explained to goddess Parvati about the gravity that this fast holds, which should be observed on Mahashivratri. And because the incarnation of Lord Shiva came to light on the said day, hence it is celebrated as Mahashivratri
To know about the Mahashivratri Puja Vidhi in detail & in great depths.
How Lord Shiva ended the Ego trip of both Lord Vishnu as well as Brahma.
According to the popular folklore, Lord Vishnu as well as lord Brahma started being self confident & egoistic. Both of them wanted to prove to each other as to which one is the stronger between the two of them. While they were having this intense discussion/bickering, Lord Shiva amused by the topic of dispute thought of teaching the mighty lords a lesson to really think about. He conjured this super-colossal of a humongous light pillar & asked Lord Vishnu to descend & Lord Brahma to ascend to the bottom & the top respectively. After hours of climbing & descending, the mighty lords caved in to the never ending chase. This incident alone was enough to remind the two that no matter how much they fight over the fact that who is the most powerful, for that place already belongs to the unparalleled & unsurpassable Lord Shiva.
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According to Vedic Astrology, the 14th day of the dark lunar fortnight is considered to be the day when the moon is the closest it can be to the Sun, and is considered to be a very important and potent time. This is that time when Moon, the life, conjoins with Sun, the Shiva. This is the reason why we venerate Lord Shiva and achieve eternal & complete fulfillment. It is widely known that Lord Shiva vanquishes off anger, annoyance, greed amongst other things & replace these with peace & tranquility.
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We at AstroSage wish you a very prosperous MahaShivratri & we wish that this MahaShivratri brings nothing but good things for you.