The auspiciousness of Mahashivratri in the realm of Hindu devotion does not an elongated elaboration to talk about. Shiva, the destroyer has an irreplaceable place inside the hearts of devotees and his Mahashivratri is one of the celebrated occasions all over India. Mahashivratri is a festivity of darkness where Shiva empowers the world to eliminate the precarious evil inside every soul.
Mythology says this is the day Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati tied the knot and blessed the entire universe as Ardhanareswar. The blissful night of their wedding is eulogized as Mahashivratri. It is believed that this is the sole day in a single year when Shiva resides in his home to bless the devotees. He is “Samshan Vasi”, – The God of the graveyard.
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Mahashivratri Date In 2021
The auspicious festival devoted to Lord Shiva will be celebrated on 11th March 2021, Thursday.
Chaturdashi commences 14:39 on 11th March 2021.
Ratri(a Night) Pratham(First) Prahar Puja– 18:27 to 21:29
Ratri Dwitiya(Second) Prahar Puja: 21:29 to 00:31 on 12th March 2021.
Ratri Tritiya(Third) Prahar Puja: 00:31 to 03:32 on 12th March 2021.
Ratri Chaturtha(Fourth) Prahar Puja: 03:32 to 06:34 on 12th March 2021.
Chaturdashi Ends at 15:02 on 12th March 2021.
Rituals and Fasting for Mahashivratri
Believers can begin their day with quick sunrise Shiva Puja and give a pious bath to the Shiva Lingam. It would be more gracious if devotees wear new clothes. This indicates that keep yourself away from nasty reflections, wrongdoings, and foul words. It is said, when you are in Lord Shiva’s lap, just evaporate all the evils from your proximity. Devotees should feel fortunate and privileged to complete all these ceremonies, shouting in unison ‘Om Namah Shivay’ or Har Har Mahadev, which is itself one of the incredible things one can perform for the wellbeing of the entire universe. Coming back to the procedure, staying in Shiva’s temple, chanting various character names & the true Mantras of Lord Shiva would be the satisfactory things you can do the whole day.
Even though fasting seems to be tough to deal with, elderly people can have fruits or Sarbat. In the evening session, devotees can go to the temples to enjoy Bhajan Samaroha or any kind of enactment depicting the glory of shiva. But the flame they carry with them to the temple should not extinguish at any cost. Devotees should make sure they pour Ghee intermittently in the Diya(flame). Every year in Mahashivratri, there is a “Brahma Muhurta” where the Brahmin of the temple places a “Mahadwipa” (Large flame) on the pinnacle of the temple. This is the final alarm for devotees to end their fast. This auspicious moment is supposed to be celebrated at midnight.
After the “Mahadwipa Samavarthan”, devotees go for a bath and have prasad made in the temple.
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