Significance of Mahashivratri

Published: Feb 26, 2014

Lecture by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj on Mahashivratri 2004

 

Mahashivratri is an auspicious and important festival of Hindus, especially for the devotees of Lord Shiv. The Mahashivratri festival is observed on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha every year in the month of Maagh according to the Hindu calendar. Devotees on Mahashivratri visit temples and holy shrines to offer prayers and please Lord Shiva. 

According to Hindu mythology, Mahashivratri is Lord Shiv's favourite day. Devotees on this day observe fast or perform hour long spiritual meditation by following rituals to commemorate Mahashivratri and be blessed with Lord Shiv's grace. In the early morning, they visit temples to offer cold water, milk and bael leaves on the Lingam, a symbol for the worship of Lord Shiv. Holy mantras are also recited and special puja ceremonies are held throughout the night to celebrate Shivratri. 

Devotees believe that Shivratri is auspicious because it marks the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Many others believe that Mahashivratri signifies the auspicious night when Lord Shiva performed the dance 'Tandava' that led to the creation, conservation and devastation of the universe. 

For women, Mahashivratri is an auspicious festival. They observe fast and offer prayers both to Lord Shiva and Parvati to shower their grace for a peaceful and blissful married life.