Why do we celebrate Mahashivaratri?



occurs in the month of February /Marchevery year. As per the Hindu Calendar it falls in the month of Maagha.The meaning of Mahashivaratri is “Great Night of Shiva”. There are 12 to 13 Shivaratri’s in a year. Shivaratri is the day before the new moon

Lord Shiva

This universe is powered by a mysterious energy.  The same energy is responsible for the existence of living beings and non-living things.   Rishis and Sages of ancient India   experienced this energy through deep meditation and penance.  They named this mysterious energy as Shiva.

Why do we celebrate Mahashivaratri?

There are many legends why Mahashivaratri is celebrated. some of them are:

#1 Wedding Anniversary of Shiva and Parvati – Mahashivaratri

#2 When Lord Shiva drank Poison in order to protect the universe.

#3 As per Shiva Purana the Curse of brahma & Ketaki Mahashivaratri is celebrated.

What do we do on Mahashivaratri?

  1. Fasting

A diet of fruit and milk helps in detoxifying the body and calm the mind.  A calm mind helps one to meditate better.

  • Meditation

It is said that Meditating on Mahashivaratri is very auspicious. Shiva is the soul of everything. Maha shivratri is taking refuge in Shiva.

  • Chanting:

On the day of Mahashivaratri, the chanting of the word ” Om Namah Shivaya” increases our energy and aids our meditation efforts.

  • Rudra puja on Mahashivaratri

Performing Rudra Puja on Mahashivaratri aids one’s meditation efforts.
The Vedic chants in Rudra Puja creates positivity and purity in the atmosphere. Hence negating the negative energies.