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Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is an annual celebration that calls for a night of Lord Shiva. The day is celebrated with great devotion, respect and religious fervor, especially by Hindus in the honor of the Hindu God Lord Shiva. It is observed that the festivity falls on the moonless night, which arrives on the 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun.

According to the Georgian calendar, the festival is held between February and March. The day is also perceived with fasting and prayers which are accompanied by various other ceremonies and rituals. According to popular belief, on this very night Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava Nritya’. This revered festival holds great importance for the Hindus and highly valued day for the devotees of Lord Shiva.

On Maha Shivaratri, devotees worship Shiva Lingam, to please Lord Shiva and in the temples and holy cities in India, the festival is celebrated with lot of extravaganza, processions, prayers and enactments. As per the legends, the day celebrates the wedding of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati. There is also a belief that is described in Linga Purana; it was on this very day of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga for the first time. Since then this grand night which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is celebrated with great zest and zeal.

There is also a belief that if a girl sincerely worships to Lord Shiva on this day, she gets an eligible man as his husband, for the fact that Lord Shiva is considered as the ideal husband and every girl who wants husband like Him offer prayers to Lord Shiva on this very day. People also go on strict fasting as to get their wishes fulfilled.

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