Maha Shivratri 2021

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Mahashivaratri is observed on the Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha in the month of Phalguna. This year Mahashivratri falls on March 11. This Hindu festival is celebrated all over the country and devotees worship Lord Shiva by offering milk, fruits, bel patra and other things. They line up at Shiv Temples to offer their prayers on this day and also observe fast (vrat). They perform maha abhishekam where they bathe the Shiva Linga with milk and water. Shivaratri literally means the great night of Shiva or the night of Shiva.

 

There are many tales and folklore about how Maha Shivratri came into existence. According to common belief, on this day  Lord Shiva drank the poison that came out from the ocean during the Samudra Manthan between gods and demons. He held the poison in his throat instead of swallowing it which made his throat turn blue. Shivji's name 'Neelkantha' was derived from this incident.

 

This Hindu festival is especially very important for women as they worship Lord Shiva and seek blessings for thei happy married life. They wear new clothes and observe fasr. Unmarried women seek blessing to get a good husband. Also. it is believed that anyone who utters the name od Shiva during Shivratri with pure devotion is freed from all sins. He or She reaches the abode of Shiva and is liberated from the cycle of birth and death.

 

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