Mahashivarathri

Mahashivarathri is celebrated in krishna paksha on chathurdashi thithi in the month of Maga(Febrauary or March), is dedicated to worshiping Lord Shiva. While most Hindu festivals are celebrated during the day, Shivaratri is celebrated at night.

Mahashivarathri Vratha

During this festival, people will do jagaran and fasting until next morning. The reason for jagran and fasting on this day is that people will get positive energy by Jagran and upavas. On the day of Shivaratri, one should get up early in the morning and take bath. After taking bath devotees should take Sankalp to observe full day fast Hindu fasts are strict and people pledge for self-determination and seek God blessing before starting them to finish them successfully.

Devotees should abstain from all food during the fast. However, consumption of fruits and milk is suggested during day time which should be followed by strict fasting during the night. In other words during day time fruits and milk can be consumed. Devotees should take second bath in the evening before doing Shiva Puja or visiting temple. Shiva Puja should be done during night. As per Puja Vidhi, Abhishek of Shiva Lingam should be performed with different materials. The milk, rose water, sandalwood paste, yogurt, honey, Ghee, sugar and the water are commonly used for Abhishek.

After the Abhishek ritual, Shiva Linga is adorned with the garland made of Bilva leaves. It is believed that Bilva leaves cool down Lord Shiva. After that Chandan or Kumkum is applied to the Shiva Linga which is followed by lighting lamp and Dhupa. Vibhuti which is also known as Bhasma. Vibhuti(veershaiv bhushana thilaka) is sacred ash which is made using dried cow dung. The mantra to chant during Puja duration is Om Namah Shivaya. Devotees should break the fast next day after taking bath.

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