Lord Shiva is one of the most revered Gods in India. His divinity precedes his legend. He is known as the ‘Trimurthi’, ‘The Destroyer’, ‘Adiyogi’ and has 108 other names. There are many religious proceedings and rituals that are performed in the worship of Lord Shiva. The greatest of them is the ‘Mahashivratri’.
The name ‘Shiva’ defines the quintessence of life and the energy behind ‘presence’. Shiva is the force of life behind every living creature. It is for Shiva that we breathe, eat, walk or even exist. It is also believed that such an energy thrives in non-living things meaning that ‘Shiva’ is elixir of all things, driving their existence. Mahashivratri is the day we acknowledge and remind ourselves the source of our energy – ‘Shiva’.
Mahashivratri, which is also popularly known as Shivratri is the festival of Lord Shiva that celebrates his glory in all gaiety. ‘Mahashivaratri’ translates to ‘The great night of Shiva’. It celebrates the sacred union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The festival occurs once a year on a day when the position of the planets is such that there is a natural surge of energy throughout the entire human system of chakras. Legend says that the auspicious day also marks the occasion when Lord Shiva saved the Earth by consuming the poison from Samudra Manthan.
While the legends tend to vary, what remains common is the fervor and dedication offered by Lord Shiva’s devotees all across the country to celebrate the holy night. It begins by people fasting the entire night and singing praises for the mighty lord by staying awake all night. People meet in gatherings in their well-decorated homes or in Shiva temples around the country. Leaves of wood-apple which is considered to be Lord Shiva’s favorite are offered to Shiv Lingas to commemorate the holy night and please him.
You can find all the Shiva temples in the country illuminated with glittery lights and well-decorated in flowers, leaves and fruits. The sight of people embarking towards Shiva temples is one to embrace fully. To anybody intending to experience the grand festivity of Mahashivratri, you can only do so by visiting Ujjain, which is considered to be the residence of Lord Shiva. You will be flabbergasted at the sight of millions of followers assembling to sing praises for the Lord. Throughout the country, you can experience goosebumps amongst scheduled programs filled with energetic dance performances enacting the iconic Shiva Tandav and musical tributes by musicians.
Celebrating the greatest love story of all time – the sacred union of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the goddess of fertility, love and beauty; the entire country can be seen awake in the chant of Lord Shiva. According to DesiAuthentic, that is a sight one must experience at least once in their lifetime.
In the daily hustle and bustle, we often forget to pray and meditate. Mahashivratri is an occasion for you to stay awake and meditate. If you are a follower of spirituality, Mahashivratri is the perfect occasion for you to meditate as the positions of the constellations is considered to be very auspicious for meditation.
In this year, 2021, Mahashivratri occurs on the 11th of March.
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