Maha Shivratri 2020

Lord Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity, is also also known by other names like Kalyankari, Baba Bholenaath,, Shiv Shankar, Shiv ji, Neel Kanth,Rudra etc .Out of all the Hindu deities, Lord Shiv Shankar is the most popular. Not only is he the king of all Gods, even the demon kings worshipped him—the most common example is of Ravana- the great Demon king of Lanka. Even today, throughout the World, the followers of Hinduism worship Lord Shiva. His popularity among His devotees is because of His simplicity and so He is often called Bhole Baba.The method of worshipping Lord Shiva is considered very simple. It is believed that if one worships Lord Shiva with sincerity, He gets pleased very soon. While worshipping Him, one need not go into intricate details. The simple process of worshipping Him includes, pouring water on the ‘Ling’, placing ‘Bel’ leaves on it and staying awake the whole night singing bhajans in His name. He is happy with just this.

Lord Shiva is worshipped on Mondays every week. Shivratri, the night that is considered auspicious for praying to Him, falls every month on its 13th night/14th day, but the most important Shivratri falls twice in a year—one in the month of Phalgun and the other during the month of Shravan.

The Shivratri that falls in the month of Phalgun is called Maha Shivratri .This is celebrated on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksh.It is believed that this day marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati .Some also believe that Shiva had performed his famous dance of the primal creation ,preservation and destruction-the ‘Tandav Nritya’on this day. Another theory is that Shiva had manifested in the form of a ‘Ling” on this day. On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, devotees from all over, go to a source of the Holy river Ganges (preferably Haridwar) and collect the Holy water from there and walk back barefoot to their village. The water is used to bathe the Shiv Ling is in their village on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri.

Shivratri is considered to be especially auspicious for women. Unmarried women pray for a husband as ideal as Lord Shiva, while married women pray for the well being of their husbands.

Consult our expert astrologers online to learn more about the festival and their rituals.

Maha Shivratri Date and Muhurat 2020

Maha Shivaratri 2020

21st February

Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:08 to 25:00

Maha Shivaratri Parana Time- 06:57 to 15:23 (22nd February)

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 17:20 (21st February)

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 19:02 (22nd February)

Maha Shivaratri 2021

11th March

Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:06 to 24:55

Maha Shivaratri Parana Time- 06:38 to 15:01 (12th March)

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 14:39 (11th March)

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 15:01 (12th March)

Maha Shivaratri 2022

1st March

Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:08 to 24:58

Maha Shivaratri Parana Time- after 06:49 (2nd March)

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 03:15 (1st March)

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 00:59 (2nd March)

Maha Shivaratri 2023

18th February

Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:09 to 25:00

Maha Shivaratri Parana Time- 07:00 to 15:22 (19th February)

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 20:01 (18th February)

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 16:17 (19th February)

Maha Shivaratri 2024

8th March

Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:06 to 24:56

Maha Shivaratri Parana Time- 06:41 to 15:26 (9th March)

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 21:57 (8th March)

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 18:17 (9th March)

Maha Shivaratri 2025

26th February

Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:08 to 24:58

Maha Shivaratri Parana Time- 06:52 to 08:54 (27th February)

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 11:07 (26th February)

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 08:54 (27th February)

Maha Shivaratri 2026

15th February

Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:09 to 25:00

Maha Shivaratri Parana Time- 07:02 to 15:21 (16th February)

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 17:04 (15th February)

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 17:33 (16th February)


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