Maha Shivaratri Festival: The Great Night of Lord Shiva


“Om Namah Shivaya”

“Shiva Shiva Shiva Bho Mahadeva Shambho”

Maha Shivaratri or Shivratri Utsav is a famous Hindu festival in honor ofLord Shiva, one of the Trimurtis in Hinduism. Sivaratri, which literally means “Great Night of Shiva” or “Night of Siva”, is observed on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha on the month of Phalgun (February – March) in the Hindu Calendar. Maha Shivratri

It is said that on this day Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’, he was married to Goddess Parvati, the Lord consumed the deadly poison – halahal that emerged from the Besides a ‘Maha Shivratri’ there is also a Shivratri for each month. It churning of the ocean to save his creation. It has great significance in Hinduism. According to scriptures, worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri that falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases the Lord most. Legend says Lord Shiva himself said this to devi Parvati when she asked about the form of worship that pleased him the most – as he finished his ‘Anandatandava’ after creating the universe.

The Puranas mention stories where being Lord Vishnu and Brahma unsuccessfully tried to find the beginning or end of Lord. There is also the story of Raja Chitrabhanu as Bhisma of Mahabharata narrated on his deathbed.

Lord Shiva is offered cooling substances like water, milk, ‘Bel’ leaves etc and a ritual fast and reading or listening to associated stories of the lord are part of the puja. Associated rituals include Tripundra – the three horizontal lines of holy ash on the brow, with a dot as the third eye. The three lines represent the soul’s three bonds: anava, karma, and maya. The made of burnt cow dung, is symbolic of the transient physical body form and the urgency for spiritual attainment. The rudraksh is worn to please the Lord Shiva.

Besides a ‘Maha Shivratri’ there is also a Shivratri for each month. It happens on the ‘Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi’ of each lunar month.

The night after ‘Mahashivratri’ is amavasya, dark night when, symbolically nothing but ignorance and injustice prevails. This night signifies Kali yug. Lord Shiva symbolically ‘arrived’ before the onset of Kali yug to lessen the suffering of his creation.

Maha Shivratri Legends

There are numerous interesting legends associated with Maha Shivaratri festival.
  • Rudra Tandav
  • Divine Wedding
  • Linga Purana
  • Samudra Madhan

In 2011, the date of Maha Shivratri Festival is on 2nd March 2011 in South India and 3rd March 2011 in North India.


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halahal that emerged from the churning of the ocean to save his
creation. It has great significance in Hinduism. According to
scriptures, worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri that falls on the 14th
day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases the Lord
most. Legend says Lord Shiva himself said this to devi Parvati when
she asked about the form of worship that pleased him the most – as he
finished his ‘Anandatandava’ after creating the universe.

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