March 7, 2016
|Last Year (2015)||17th February|
|Present Year (2016)||7th March|
|Next Year (2017)||24th February|
Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival which is celebrated during the night by keeping a Jagaran which is a long night vigil with worship. It is believed that on this Hindu supreme God, Lord Shiva saved the universe from the darkness with the help Jyoti Sw roop (luminous) shiva linga which emerged between Vishnu and Bhrama to pacify them. It is also believed that on this the day that Lord Shiva was married to the Hindu Goddess Parvati.
When Is It Celebrated?
It is celebrated with great devotion in the honor of Lord Shiva which is known as “Great Night of Shiva”on the moonless night of Falgun months of Hindu Calendar which falls in the months of February and March as per the Georgian English Calendar.
How It Is Celebrated?
It is celebrated with strict fast in honor of Lord Shiva whereas many devotees going on a diet of milk and fruits, but few devotees do not consume even a drop of water during the fast. It is strongly believed that if you sincerely worship of Lord Shiva on this auspicious day of Mahashivaratri, Shiva absolves all of yours sins and liberates you from the cycle of birth & death. It is considered an auspicious festival for women, whereas married women pray for the prosperity of theirs husbands and unmarried women pray for an ideal husband like Lord Shiva.
To celebrate the Mahashivratri devotees get up early in the morning and take a ritual bath or holy head bath in the holy river like river Ganges. After that devotees wears new clothes and visit the nearby Shiva’s temple to offer ritual bath to the Shiva lingam with honey.water, ghee or milk while chanting of Mantra Om Namah Shivaya. During night devotees get together in Shiva Temples and organized the Jaagran or nightlong vigil by singing the devotional songs and hymns in praise of Lord Shiva.On the following morning of Jaagran devotees break their fast by the Prasad which is a devotional blessing of God in physical form which devotees eat to break their fast.