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Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is one of the significant festivals dedicated to Lord Shiva. The day has many legends associated with it. According to most of the legends, the day of Maha Shivaratri is associated with Lord Shiva and many cosmic events related to Him took place on the very same day.

Shivaratri Shivalingam Abhishekam
worshipping Shiva Lingam on Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri Origin | Significance

There are several legends which are associated with Shivaratri. Few of the popular beliefs behind observing Maha Shivaratri are -

Maha Shivaratri Deity(s)

Lord Shiva is the main deity of Maha Shivaratri. Lord Shiva in the form of Lingam is worshipped on the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri.

Maha Shivaratri Date and Time

As per Purnimanta calendar Maha Shivaratri is observed on -
Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi (14th day) during Phalguna (12th month)

As per Amanta calendar Maha Shivaratri is observed on -
Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi (14th day) during Magha (11th month)

It should be noted that in both calendars the day of Maha Shivaratri is observed on the same day. It is the nomenclature of lunar months which differs in both calendar.

Maha Shivaratri Festivals List

Maha Shivaratri is the day of austerity rather being the day of joy and merriment. Maha Shivaratri is observed for a single day and night.

Maha Shivaratri Observance

Maha Shivaratri Dishes

Maha Shivaratri Public Life

Maha Shivaratri is not a compulsory Gazetted Holiday in India. However, in most North Indian states one day holiday is observed on the day of Maha Shivaratri. In other states, most of the government offices and public places work as usual. In small towns where Shiva procession known as Shiva Ji Ki Barat is taken out of streets traffic might be affected or diverted to alternate routes.

However, one can expect serpentine queue of devotees at most Shiva temples on the day of Maha Shivaratri. Devotees waiting in the queue for their turn to offer Abhishekam is the common sight irrespective of size of the temple and city.

In the evening most Shiva temples offer especial Darshan of Shiva Lingam and thousands of devotees throng to Shiva temples to seek blessings of Lord Shiva.

Maha Shivaratri Similar Festivals

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