Om Namah Shiva. One of the most important and solemn Hindu festivals is here. Known as the Great Night of Shiva, this spiritually significant festival takes place in honor of Lord Shiva. Yes, 'Maha Shivratri' is taking place on 13th of February for the year 2018. The date of the festival is determined as the 14th day of the lunar month or on the day prior to the Full moon. Maha Shivratri will be on the darkest night of the month.
The festival marks a remembrance to overcoming darkness and ignorance in an individual's life. Observation for this festival comes with the chanting of prayers, fasting, the meditation on ethical behaviour and virtues like severe self-discipline, not inflicting pain unto others, refraining from intoxication, forgiveness and discovery of Shiva.
The legends of Maha Shivratri are distinctly numerous. The Skanda Purana, Linga Purana and Padma Puranas mention the Maha Shivratri in particular, apart from several other Puranas. Legend has it that this was the day that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati tied the knot which is why Maha Shivratri is particularly significant to spiritual individuals who are in a family. Individuals who follow strict self-discipline with fasting and the required rituals will experience a natural upsurge of energies. The rituals are of wide variety and require abstinence from worldly pleasures as well.
The legend continues that Maha Shivaratri was the day when Shiva drank the poison out of the pot that surfaced in the ocean to protect the whole world. As he kept his word, Lord Shiva consumed the poison using his powers by not permitting the poison to go below his throat which in effect changed his throat into a blue colour whereby he was called 'Neel Kantha'. Another legend of the Maha Shivratri is where it is said that this day is when Lord Shiva performs the heavenly Tandav dance of creation, destruction and preservation. This festival of Maha Shivratri has rooted history in reference to this dance and its significance. It has a historic impact on the convergence of artists at various Hindu temples such as kornak, pattadakal, modhera, etc. The Tandav dance has 108 forms which are widely performed by dancers to this day. 'Natyajali' literally means 'worship through dance' also known as Natya Shastra. As per the ancient Hindu text of performance arts, Natyajali is famous at the Chidambaram temple where the sculpture depicts all the dance mudras. Another varied legend is that of the offering to Lord Shiva pagans like the linga which is an occasion conducted annually to get over past sins and recrudesce the path of virtue and scale Mount Kailash and attain deliverance.
In all the12 Shivratris to be held in the year, Maha Shivratri is the most auspicious one. Consult India's best astrologers on Astroyogi to learn more about the pooja methodologies and remedies for your Karma according to an in-depth horoscope analysis. Click here to consult now! It is celebrated in most states of India as well Nepal and few other foreign countries where Hindus are prominent. The significance on astrology and the zodiac signs are that people will be spiritually experiencing an upsurge of energy that can deliver moksha from past sins, help with family situations and for single women to pray for attaining a husband just like Lord Shiva. Om Namah Shiva.