Jai Mahakaal bhakton! It’s time for the Maha Shivaratri celebration! Imagine a night filled with lights, happy songs, and delicious treats and all singing the bhajans of Lord Shiva!
This comes around the end of winter, and people believe it’s also the day Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. People pray to Lord Shiva for wellness and positivity! Devotees ask Lord Shiva to help them chase away bad feelings and find happiness again. They sing joyful bhajans, offer colorful flowers and fruits, and sometimes even stay up late taking blessings from Shiva Ji.
Want to know more about Maha Shivaratri 2024? Read this blog to discover the special dates, muhurat, and its importance.
Maha Shivaratri 2024
Maha Shivaratri is also known as The Night of Shiva. Devotees praise Lord Shiva on this day, and takes his blessings which will help them remove darkness from their lives. Various cultures celebrate Maha Shivaratri in India. As this day is the union of Bhagwan Shiva and Mata Parvati, people take blessings from them by chanting their bhajans.
|Maha Shivaratri 2024 Date
|8th March 2024
|Maha Shivaratri Time (Muhurat)
|Begin at 9:57 PM and will end at 06:17 pm
|Also Known As
|The Night of Shiva
Spiritual energies revolve around this day. Various fairs (mela) and other celebrations make it even more beautiful. Different kinds of pujas, and other rituals enhance the positive energies.
Maha Shivaratri 2024 Date
This year, Maha Shivratari is on Friday, March 8th, 2024. Mahashivratri falls on the 14th day of the lunar month. This day is known as Chaturdashi. Lunar month is divided into two parts. One is Krishna Paksha which is dark fortnight and the other one is Shukla Paksha which is bright fortnight. Mahashivratri falls during the Krishna paksha.
This festival falls in the month of Phalguna. As per the common calendar, Maha Shivaratri falls between mid-February and mid-March.
Maha Shivaratri Time and Muhurat
The Falgun Krishna Chaturdashi Tithi will begin at 9:57 PM on 8th March and will end at 06:17 pm on 9th March. The good time for the Nishita Kaal Puja on 8th March is from 12:07 am to 12:56 am. Therefore, devotees can praise Lord Shiva the whole day.
Bhakts take bath before and after keeping a fast. As due to different time phases of the moon’s position, the perfect time for the muhurat will change by an hour around the country.
Maha Shivaratri Mantra
Om Urdhva Bhu Phat Om Namah Shivaya Om Hreem Hraum Namah Shivaya Om Namo Bhagavate Dakshinamurtaye Mahyam Medha Prayaccha Svaha Om Im Ksham Mam Aum Ang Om Praum Hreem Thah Om Namo Nilakanthaya Om Parvatipataye Namah Om Pashupataye Namah
- Recite this mantra on Maha Shivaratri with a Rudraksh Mala.
Om Aghoraya Namah Om Sharvaya Namah Om Virupakshaya Namah Om Vishvarupine Namah Om Tryambakaya Namah Om Kapardine Namah Om Bhairavaya Namah Om Shulapanaye Namah Om Ishanaya Namah Om Maheshwaraya Namah
- This mantra includes 10 names of Lord Shiva. Reciting all these names will fulfill your wishes on Maha Shivaratri.
Significance of Maha Shivaratri
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival that marks the victory over darkness. It has spiritual importance, which brings Hindus together to praise Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti. Various legends are linked to Maha Shivaratri, each carrying their own unique message.
Maha Shivaratri is the best time for married couples and for those who are searching for a good partner to take blessings from Lord Shiva. Devotees believes that Lord Shiva performs the Tandava dance on this day.
This dance shows the recurring cycle of the universe. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in different ways in India. Some choose to fast, while others offer prayers and participate in special pujas. Many people stay awake throughout the night, singing bhajans of Lord Shiva.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why not to sleep on Maha Shivaratri?
Sitting straight and chanting mantras has many benefits. Therefore, don’t sleep on the night of Maha Shivaratri.
Why do we pray on Shivaratri?
We pray to take blessings from Lord Shiva. By chanting vedic mantras, we praise the divine energy of him.
What time can I eat on Mahashivratri?
The best time to eat is between the sunrise and before the ending time of chaturdashi tithi.
How to break Shivratri fast?
Eat normal fruits and milk to break your fast.
What are the rules for Shivratri?
Don’t consume non veg food and onions during Maha Shivaratri.
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