In Hindu mythology, there are 33 Crores Gods & Goddess out of which Lord Shiva has attained the highest status. Lord Shiva is considered the presiding deity of Shaivism and we regularly worship him. It is said that all Gods are not easily pleased as Lord Shiva.
Lord Shankar is naive just like his name, he is happy by giving devotion to the seeker. In rituals, Lord Shiva is called by many names. Shivaratri is the great festival of the union of Shiva and Goddess Parvati. According to the South Indian almanac (Amavasyant almanac), this festival is celebrated on the Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha of the month of Magh. At the same time, according to the North Indian almanac (full-fledged almanac), Mahashivaratri is organized on the Chaturdashi of the Krishna Paksha of Falgun month.
Date: Thursday, 11th March 2021
Kaal Puja Time: 00:06 AM to 00:55 AM | 12th March 2021
Duration: 48 minutes
Maha Shivaratri Parana Time: 06:34 am to 15:02 pm
Shiva means “welfare” and Linga means “creator”. Shivlinga is a symbol of Shiva. Lord Shiva is the symbol of eternity. According to beliefs, the ling is a giant cosmic oval-shaped sculpture that is considered a symbol of the universe.
Shiva temples are very well decorated on the day of Maha shivratri. Devotees fast for the whole day and as per their convenience, they go to Shiva temples in the evening with fruits, plum, milk, etc. People use to mix Milk with Ganga Water and take shower. After that, fruits, flowers, and plum, and milk are offered to the Shivlinga. It is considered very auspicious to do so. Nandi which is the vehicle of Lord Shiva is also worshiped on this night. Ganga-bath has also its own importance on this day, as it is believed that Lord Shiva by holding the rapid flow of Ganga in his jata slowly left the earth for the salvation of this dead land.
You should go to Shiva temple after taking bath with Ganga water. The worshipper should take a vow to keep water and Akshat in hand and fast. After this, bathe Lord Shiva with Panchamrit (milk, curd, ghee, honey, and sugar) Panchamrit then bathe with Ganga water. After this, light incense sticks in front of him offering bell-leaf, flower, hemp, datura. Afterward, offer plum and other fruits to Lord Shiva and chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ while sitting there followed by Shiva Chalisa. Listen to the story of Shiva. If worshipped at all times throughout the day then you will get special fruitful benefits. On the following day, one should take blessings from the Brahmins by donating clothes and dakshina.
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