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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Maha Shivratri Wiki|Story|Sadhana|Date

Maha Shivratri Wiki|Story|Sadhana|Date

Maha Shivratri
Maha Shivratri

In 2020 , February 21st is celebrated as Maha shivratri 
Look below for the sadhanas and devotions done for shiv ratri

The shivratri is great night of shiva is celebrated by the Hindu community across India , some parts of Nepal and in parts of West Indies which apparently over 400 temples across the country.These legends of Shivaratri explain the popular custom of staying awake all night on Shivaratri while chanting the name of Lord Shiva .
It is said that worshiping Lord Shiva on Shivratri bestows one with happiness and prosperity.
Out of 12 shivrathtri in an year maha shiratri is considered as the most auspicious one. 
Stories / Legends

Please Look below stories which run across the country about the maha shivratri

1. Churning of Mandar

During the great mythical churning of the ocean called Samudra Mandar, a pot of poison 'kalakoodam' emerged from the ocean. The gods and the demons(asuras) were terrified, as it could destroy the entire universe. They ran to Shiva for help, In order to protect the universe,Lord Shiva drank the deadly poison but held it in his throat instead of swallowing it. This turned shiva's throat blue, and because of this he came to be known as ‘Nilkantha’, the blue-throated one.

2.Most famous story about shivratri 

The legend of marriage of Shiva and Shakti is one the most important legends related to the festival of Mahashivaratri. The story tells us how Lord Shiva got married a second time to Shakti, his divine consort. According to legend of Shiva and Shakti, the day Lord Shiva got married to Parvati is celebrated as Shivaratri – the Night of Lord Shiva.

3.The story of a hunter 

On the day of Shivaratri, a hunter was chased by a hungry lion. The hunter climbed a Bilva tree for shelter himself from the lion’s attack. The lion waited below throughout the whole night at the for its prey. In order to stay awake to avoid falling from the tree, the hunter kept plucking the leaves of tree and dropping them . The leaves fell on a Shiva Linga that happened to be at the bottom of the Bilva tree.The Lord Shiva was pleased by the offering of the Bilva leaves by the hunter, although inadvertently, and saved the hunter . This story emphasizes the worshiping Shiva with Bilva leaves on Shivaratri.

4. The story of Brahma and Vishnu

According to the story, Brahma and Vishnu searched hard to discover the Aadi (beginning) and the Antha (end) of Lord Shiva. It has been believed that on the 14th day in the dark fortnight of the month of Phalguna, Shiva first manifested himself in the form of a Linga. Since then, the day is considered to be auspicious and is celebrated as Maha Shivratri – the grand night of Shiva. To celebrate this occasion, devotees of Lord Shiva keeps fast during the day and worship the Lord throughout the night.

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