Thursday, February 27, 2014

Maha Shivratri: The Blessed Night Of Lord Shiva

Maha Shivaratri 2014, is on February 27. Worshipping Shiva on this day and observing fast for the deity, will bless you with his blessings and grace. On this Navratri, abolish all your sins and mistakes. Know more about Maha Shivaratri with this article. 

Seek blessings of Lord Shiva with Mahashivratri fast

In Maha Shivaratri, “Maha” means “grand”, “Shiva” means “lord Shiv” and “Ratri” means “night”, so the actual meaning of Maha Shivaratri is ‘the grand night of Lord Shiva’. It is a major festival for millions of devotees of Lord Shiva and is celebrated mainly in India, Nepal, and Mauritius. Mahashivratri falls on the 13th or 14th day during the dark half of Phalgun, in the month of February/March. As per the beliefs, Mahashivratri is the favourite day of Lord Shiva, when he bless all the devotees with his grace. 

Maha Shivaratri Traditions

Rituals of MahashivratriIn the morning, devotees visit Shiva’s temple to offer prayers to the deity. To honor the Lord, they pour Ganga Jal or milk over Shiv Lingam, the sacred symbol of the supreme Lord Shiva. Then his favourite offerings are presented before the Lingam like Bael Patra, Datura, flowers and fruits. To please the god, fast is also observed by some people. While, strict observers refrain from consuming anything, partial observers take fruits, nuts, and milk. As per the Mahashivaratri traditions, devotees stay awake during the night for delivering prayers to the Lord. 

Why Celebrate Mahashivratri?

There are certain facts and stories related to Mahashivratri, which give us the actual reason to celebrate it. Let’s discuss them in brief:

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Marriage Of Lord Shiva And Maa Parvati

Marriage of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati on ShivratriMaha Shivaratri was the day when Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati got married again. Lord Shiva was first married to Sati, the daughter of Daksha. Daksha used to dislike Lord Shiva and therefore, he insulted him during a Yagna. Sati couldn't bear the insult of her husband and jumped into the fire of Yagna, sacrificing her life. She then took rebirth as Maa Parvati and again got married to Shiva. This day is celebrated as Maha Shivratri.

Origin Of Supreme Power: Lord Shiva

Origin of Shiva from Lingam According to the ancient stories, once Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma were having an argument as who between the two was greater. Suddenly a pillar of light arose from nowhere. Both the Lords started discussing about the light and its size, but none got success. At that moment, Lord Shiva came out from the Lingam of light, as the progenitor of both of them. Since then, this day is celebrated as Mahashivratri, as the day when Shiva appeared from the Lingam of light.

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Importance For Women

Mahashivratri fast has immense importance for the married and unmarried ladies. Married women observe the fast for the well being and long life of their husbands and sons. On the other hand, unmarried girls observe this fast to get an ideal husband like Shiva. 

Maha Shivaratri 2014 Muhurat

Chaturdashi tithi will fall on 27th of February, 2014 at 20:18:19 IST and will last till 16:49:52 IST on 28th of February, 2014. According to the beliefs, fast should be observed during the period of Chaturdashi. Therefore, you should observe full day fasting on February 28th, 2014 also, until dusk. 

Merits Of Mahashivratri Vrat

Lord Shiva fulfill the wishes of his devotees. Observing Maha Shivaratri Vrat not only purifies the soul, but it also helps in removing the most evil habits of humans. Some of the merits of observing this vrat are:

  • Pouring water on Shiva Lingam purifies soul
  • One can get rid of all diseases by pouring Garbha (a type of grass) mixed in water on Shiv Lingam
  • By observing Mahashivratri fast, one can conquer the most evil habits like anger, laziness, lust and jealousy
  • Devotees get long and blessed life
  • Observing this fast, liberates the devotees from the cycle of life and death
  • One can acquire wealth by offering honey, ghee and sugarcane to Lord Shiva.

So, this was all for Mahashivratri 2014. On this special day, make sure to please Shiva and get free yourself from all the sins and mistakes.

Event Of The Day!

Pradosh Vrat will be observed today. Observing this fast will help you to get the blessings of Lord shiva and Goddess Parvati. 

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