Maha Shivratri is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. This grand occasion marks the prominence of mighty Lord Shiva. It is observed on the 14th day of the lunar month. Maha Shivratri signifies the night when Shiva dances all night. There are approximately 13 Shivaratri in a particular year, but the one that falls during Magha month is the most special.
Significance of Maha Shivratri
Maha Shivratri is of great stature and implications in our Puranas. There are two main legends linked with this great festival. One tale states that on Maha Shivratri, Lord Shiva danced all night and celebrated his supremeness. Lord Shiva is a great dancer, and he danced his heart out on this day. It is why we celebrate Maha Shivratri to embrace the love and faith of Shiva towards dancing. One more tale states that Maha Shivratri marks the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Rituals of Maha Shivratri
There are various rituals and homams linked with the celebrations of Maha Shivratri. Devotees tend to observe fast on this day. Maha Shivratri falls one day before Amavasya. People decorate the Shiva temples and clean their home temples and worship Lord Shiva. Lingam Puja is conducted with great enthusiasm on Maha Shivratri. Some devotees also tend to keep “nirjala vrat” or fasting the entire day without water and food. Other devotees who keep fast can consume fruits, water and food made of sabudana, sama rice and kuttu. Devotees visit the nearest Shiva temple and offer unique offerings, milk and sweets to Lord Shiva.
Here is why one must stay awake and vigil all night on Maha Shivratri
Some ardent devotees of Lord Shiva do not sleep on this day. They recognise the great attributes of Shiva’s character and idolizes them on Maha Shivratri’s night. Staying agile all night helps in pleasing the great Shiva more effortlessly. Sitting straight and stretching the spinal cord on the night of Maha Shivratri has immense benefits. The scientific studies also state that natural energies in human beings are highest on the day of Shivratri. Thus, staying awake all night and keeping your vertical spine straight helps gain more consensus and vitality. Lord Shiva is known to possess a third eye. If the devotees will stay awake on Maha Shivratri and they will do meditation and chant mantras then they can also ascertain the opening of their 3rd eye. The third eye in human beings is also present; it is the eye of perception. By sincere comment towards Lord Shiva, people can attain their third eye and become more open-eyed.
Boons of Maha Shivratri
Here are a few major benefits which one can seek by worshipping Lord Shiva on Mahashivratri-
- Supreme Lord Shiva is very easy to please. His worship will bring peace, relaxation and happiness in life.
- Lord Shiva is known to bestow strength and will to his devotees.
- Lord Shiva safeguards the lives of devotees from uncertain life events.
- Maha Shivratri will bring optimism and a ray of cheerful hopes in one’s life.
- Worshippers can attain salvation and great tranquility by idolizing Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri.
- One can seek positive elements from Shiva’s character by worshipping him on Mahashivratri.
- Devotees can overcome the dark and painful phase of their life by seeking Lord Shiva blessings on Maha Shivratri.
- Devotees who want to earn name and fame with good deeds must worship Shiva wholeheartedly on Maha Shivratri. It will help them in seeking more vitality and consciousness.
Adore Maha Shivratri with great fervour and attain the pious blessings of great lord Shiva.