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Mahashivaratri

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Mahashivratri is a major festival of Hindus. The festival of Mahashivaratri is celebrated on Krishna Chaturdashi of Phalgun month. Mahashivaratri is most important from the 12 Shivaratris of the entire year. Along with India, the whole world celebrates the holy festival of Mahashivaratri with great enthusiasm.

Mythological stories:-

  1. According to Hindu Puranas, it was the day of marriage for Lord Shiv and Goddess Parvati.
  2. On this day during Sumadra-Manthan, along with the nectar, a poison named Halahal was born from the sea, which was capable of destroying the entire universe. No one except Lord Shiva could destroy it. Lord Shiva settled the Halahal poison in his throat due to which another name is also called Neelkanth. When doctors told the gods that Lord Shiva could not sleep the whole night for any reason, the gods spent the whole night in different music and dances to keep them awake. Pleased with this, Lord Shiva blessed them all the next morning. Due to saving the world from such calamity, devotees of Lord Shiva keep a fast on this day which is called Maha Shivaratri.
  3. Lord Shiva first appeared as Agni Jyotirlinga on the day of Mahashivaratri. Which has no beginning nor end. To know about Shivalinga, Lord Brahma himself as Hans and Lord Vishnu as Varaha started searching for his upper part and base but both of them also failed.
Mahashivaratri

Meterial can use:-

  1. Abhishek of Shiva Linga with water, milk and honey. Plum or vine leaves.
  2. After abhishek apply the paste of vermilion to the Shiva linga.
  3. Fruits, which reflect the satisfaction of desires.
  4. Lamp which is conducive to the attainment of knowledge.
  5. Betel leaves that mark satisfaction with worldly pleasures.

Do not use following items:-

  1. Basil leaves
  2. Turmeric
  3. Flowers of Champa and Ketki

We wish you all the best of this auspicious occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

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