Maha Shivratri is considered to be one of the most auspicious days to worship and please Lord Shiva. Disciples of the Mahadev are all poised to celebrate the Maha Shivratri 2017, on the 24th of February. It is believed that worshiping Lord Shiva on this auspicious day helps to purge oneself from all the sins and revive one’s, soul. According to our expert astrologers ‘Chaturdashi’, which is the ideal time for Shivratri Puja starts at 21:38 on February 24th and lasts till 21:20 on February 25th.
Shiv Linga is an iconic representation of the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. Shiv Linga is bathed with milk, curd, honey, ghee, and water. Then the idol is worshiped with the leaves of Bel tree, betel leaves, flowers and fruits like Datura and Jujube. After which the Shiv Linga is coated with sandal and then worshiped with incense sticks and ghee lamps. The ‘Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra’ is chanted on this auspicious Pooja ceremonies to seek blessings of the lord. A night vigil spent worshiping Lord Shiva and chanting slokas and mantras would be an ideal way of culminating Shivratri Pooja.
Food and Fasting:
Many devotees keep fast on this day till midnight and start their day with the worship of Lord Shiva. Post rituals the other crucial thing is the procedure of fasting where you can have saatvik food like sabudana khichdi, bhang, thandai for dinner. Wearing a rudraksha mala is considered to be very auspicious as rudraksha beads are supposed to have been originated from the tears of Lord Shiva.
The relevance of Maha Shivratri:
Maha Shivratrivis celebrated more like a festival with feasting and fairs hosted in different cities. The worshipping of Lord Shiva helps in attaining liberation from all past sins and awakens spirituality. The significance of this festival is associated with the revival of creative spirit and the whole notion behind creation, destruction, and maintenance that are an intricate part of our lives. It helps in strengthening the body, mind, and soul guiding us towards enlightenment and happiness. This day marks the union of Shiva and Shakti, the Goddess of energy.
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