What is Mahashivratri?

By Remitbee - Mar 15, 2021

Why Mahashivratri Is Celebrated?

Every month, on the 14th day of the month, one day before the new moon, Shivratri is observed. Maha Shivratri is the most important of the 12 Shivratris celebrated each year, and it is usually celebrated in February or March, depending on the planetary position. Shivaratri is one of the most important Hindu festivals, commemorating Lord Shiva's convergence to Goddess Shakti.

The northern hemisphere of the earth is situated in such a way on this night that a human being experiences a natural surge of energy. This is a day when nature is urging you to reach your spiritual peak. It is in order to make use of this that we founded a night-long festival in this tradition. One of the fundamentals of this nightlong festival is to stay awake with your spine vertical during the night to enable this natural upsurge of energies to find their way.

What to do on Mahashivratri?

To please Lord Shiva, devotees who worship Lord Shiva, observe a strict fast and participate in various religious activities on this day. Maha Shivaratri is commemorated by chanting mantras, praying, and fasting in honour of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva devotees stay up all night chanting mantras and praying. Devotees also believe that pleasing Lord Shankara on the auspicious Shivaratri day absolves a person of past sins and grants them Moksha (salvation).

Significance of Mahashivratri

For those on the spiritual path, Mahashivratri is extremely important. It is also very important for people who are in family circumstances, as well as for the world's ambitions. Mahashivratri is Shiva's wedding anniversary, according to those who live in family circumstances. Many with earthly aspirations regard the day as Shiva's victory over all his enemies.

For ascetics, however, it is the day when he became one with Mount Kailash. He turned into a mountain, completely still. Shiva is not worshipped as a God in the yogic tradition, but rather as the Adi Guru, the first Guru from whom the science of Yoga arose. After centuries of meditation, he became fully still one day. Mahashivratri falls on that day. Ascetics prefer to Mahashivratri as the night of stillness because all activity in him ceased and he became completely still.

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