393. Maha Sivarathri

maha sivarathri

The day before new moon or 14th day of every lunar month is known as Sivarathri.  The Sivarathri which comes in the month of Phalguna is known as “Maha Sivathri“. To overcome ignorance and darkness in our life we worship Lord Shiva on this auspicious day.

Many Shiva devotees observe fasting throughout the day and worship Lord Shiva.  It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers,  doing  yoga, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, noninjury to others, forgiveness, and the discovery of Lord Shiva.

On this night, the northern hemisphere of the planet is positioned in such a way that there is a natural upsurge of energy in a human being. This is a day when nature is pushing one towards one’s spiritual peak. Shiva is considered the ideal husband and unmarried girls and women pray for a husband like him.

According to a  legend,  after the Earth was faced with an imminent destruction, Goddess Parvathi pledged with Lord Shiva to save the world. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to save the world on the pretext that the people of the Earth would have to worship him with dedication and passion. From that day onwards, the night came to be known as Maha Shivratri and people began worshipping Shiva with a great enthusiasm.

As per another legend,  during the great mythical churning of the ocean – Samudra Manthan conducted by the gods and demons for obtaining nectar to make them immortal, first a pot of poison emerged. The poison was so potent that nobody was ready to even touch it as it had the power to burn up the whole world. It was decided that the only one who could help them get rid of this poison was Lord Shiva. So they all went to him for help, and Shiva promptly agreed to consume the poison. However, the poison was so deadly that even if a drop had entered Lord Shiva’s stomach (his stomach represents the universe), it would have annihilated the whole world. Shiva carefully held the poison in his throat which turned blue due to the effect of the poison, and so he came to be known as Neelkanth. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated as a day of gratitude to Lord Shiva for protecting the world from this deadly poison.

Let us pray Lord Shiva on this auspicious day and get His blessings.

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