Monday, February 12, 2018

Mahashivratri Tomorrow! Know Puja Muhurat and Vrat Vidhi

Rudrabhishek - an auspicious ceremony on Mahashivratri! Read here to know what rituals are to be followed for Mahashivratri Puja and Vrat? Also read how to worship Lord Shiva and seek his blessings for a prosperous and blissful life.

Mahashivratri is one of the major festivals of Hinduism. It is also the biggest day to worship and honor Lord Shiva. People celebrate this auspicious day with lots of zeal and happiness. According to a religious belief, Lord Shiva took the Raudra Roop (mightiest form of the mighty) to settle a heated conversation between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu about who is the Supreme God. Though it turns out that he is the mightiest of all. So, to honor this almighty and supreme power, Mahashivratri is celebrated. On this day, people perform Shivratri fast and the rituals, Jagrans at night, donate charity and worship Lord Shiva to seek his blessings for a happy, healthy and prosperous life.

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When to Celebrate Mahashivratri?

As per Hindu Calendar, Mahashivratri is celebrated on 14th day (Chaturdashi) of Krishna Paksha in the month of Phalgun. As per Gregorian Calendar, this auspicious occasion occur in between the month of February and March. Mahashivratri 2018 will be celebrated on February 13 & 14. The reason being that Trayodashi tithi (or 13th day) is falling on February 13, but from 10:36 PM at night Chaturdashi tithi (14th day) will start. This Chaturdashi will remain till midnight 12 of February 14. That is why, this auspicious occasion will be celebrated on different dates in different locations.

Know the timings of Chaturdashi Tithi in your city: Daily Panchang

Mahashivratri Muhurat
Nishit Kaal Puja MuhuratFrom 00:09:30 till 25:00:55 (February 14)
Duration51 Minutes
Mahashivratri Paarna MuhuratFrom 07:01:43 till 15:23:43 (February 14)

Note: Above Muhurat is valid for Delhi only.

Know Muhurat Timings of Mahashivratri Puja in your city: Mahashivratri Puja Muhurat 2018

Mahashivratri Puja Vidhi

Rudrabhishek of Lord Shiva is of great significance on this occasion. It is believed that performing Rudrabhishek of Shivji destroys all diseases, sorrows and sufferings of a person and also grants them their desired wishes. Devotees can perform following Puja Vidhi on Mahashivratri to get blessings of the God:
  • Eat only one time on 13th Day (Trayodashi) and avoid food for whole day on Chaturdashi. During this period, only fruits and milk should be taken.
  • After taking a bath in early morning, vow for the fast. Then, decorate a Mandap for Puja. After that, perform the urn installation and establish Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati idol in it.
  • Offer Akshat (Chawal), Pan, Supari, Gangajal, Bel leaves, yellow flowers, Dhature ka phal, milk, curd, honey, sandalwood etc to Lord Shiva.
  • During midnight (Nishit Kaal), perform Jagrans, prayers and worship Lord Shiva. Also recite Shiv Chalisa and Shiv Sahasranama during this period.

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Rudrabhishek of Lord Shiva according to Zodiac

Rudrabhishek means abhishek or bathing Lord Rudra which is considered highly auspicious. It is a way to appease Bholenath and seek his blessings for a good and prosperous future. It is believed that if a person performs Rudrabhishek of Shivji as per his/her Zodiac, its influence increases tenfold. Also, chanting of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra on this occasion is considered highly auspicious and holy.

Now, take a look at the contents (Samagri) to be used for Rudrabhishek of Lord Shiva as per each Zodiac:
  • Aries, Leo: Honey and Sugarcane Juice
  • Taurus: Milk and Curd
  • Gemini: Kushodak (Kush Grass or Green Grass) and Sharbat
  • Cancer, Sagittarius: Milk and Honey
  • Virgo, Aquarius: Kushodak and Curd
  • Libra: Milk and Kushodak
  • Scorpio: Honey, Milk and Sugarcane Juice
  • Capricorn: Kushodak, Jaggery (Gud) mixed Gangajal
  • Pisces: Honey, Milk and Sugarcane Juice

Thus, Mahashivratri is an auspicious occasion which is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm to get blessings of Lord Shiva. AstroSage hope that our article on Mahashivratri will be to your expectations.

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