A day dedicated to supreme Lord Shiva - Mahashivratri
Mahashivratri is the most beautiful and vital occasion to attain the blessings of supreme Lord Shiva. Shivratri implies the night of Lord Shiva. This beautiful occasion cherishes the greatness and holy aura of Lord Shiva.
Legends linked with the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri
There are many significant legends linked with Mahashivratri. Vedas and Puranas state that on Mahashivratri wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti took place. The marriage took place one day before Amavasya of Phalguna month.
The legend that glorifies the importance of Mahashivratri goes like this- One day Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati were returning from the philosopher Agastya’s adobe after attending the Rama Katha’s narration. On the way, Lord Shiva met Lord Rama, and he greeted him wholeheartedly. Shiva told Sati that Rama was an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Sati didn’t believe the words of Shiva, so she went to Lord Rama to confront him about the same. Goddess Sati took the face of Goddess Sita and appeared in front of Lord Rama. God Rama quickly recognised her, and Sati also comprehended his real identity. But after this episode, Lord Shiva went away in anger as Sati didn’t trust him. Sita was like a sister to Lord Shiva, so he had to leave Sati as their relationship got messed up after Sati hailed Sita’s avatar. After this episode, King Daksha organised a yagna at his place but didn’t invite Lord Shiva because he had some disagreements. It infuriated Sati, and she jumped into a sacrificial fire and immolated herself. Lord Shiva was agitated and sad after this incident. He took the body of Sati and roamed here and there in pain. Lord Vishnu liberated him by cutting Sati’s body into many halves. The places where Goddess Sati’s body parts, jewels and clothing fell are now cherished as Shakti Peetha. Goddess Sati took rebirth as Parvati and performed severe penance. Eventually, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married on the occasion of Mahashivratri.
Another prominent legend linked with Mahashivratri is that Samundra manthan also takes place on Mahashivratri only. In samundra manthan, the great churning of the ocean took place, and elixir and poison emerged from it. Lord Shiva drank the poison and distributed the elixir among the other godheads.
Glorious Boons of celebrating Mahashivratri
Mahashivratri brings the blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It blesses devotees with happy marital prospects and strengthens the relationship of husband-wife. The enchanting festival brings glory and abundance to life. Celebrating Mahashivratri removes the pains and sufferings of people. The festival brings an optimistic aura and joyous vibes.
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