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Complete Guide to the 2024 Maha Shivratri Festival Celebrations

Complete Guide to the 2024 Maha Shivratri Festival Celebrations

All About Maha Shivratri Mahotsav 2024

A Night of Devotion: Maha Shivratri 2024

Lord Shiva is known as the source of strength and power in Hindu mythology. Everyone worships lord Shiva with fervent devotion. As per the Hindu belief, the lord Shiva got married to Maa Parvati in the Phalgun maas of the Hindu calendar. The sacred marriage of lord Shiva and Maa Parvati represents the union of passive and lively energy. This immense powerful event is celebrated as Maha Shivratri. On this auspicious day, it is believed that lord Shiva divulges his ‘lingam’ form which is worshipped all over the country. This is associated with the ‘Rudra Abhishek’ ceremony. This ceremony is accomplished by devotees at midnight time on Maha Shivratri. Lord Shiva is known by various names by his devotees such as Bholenath, and Mahadev. It is believed that Lord Shiva releases his devotees from the karmic life cycle when he is pleased by them. People please him by observing fast and performing all the rituals and puja on Maha Shivratri night.

Lock in the Date: Maha Shivratri Muhurat 2024

As per the prediction by an expert astrologer, the Maha Shivratri will be occurring on Friday, 08 March 2024. The fourteenth day of Magha (Hindu month) will be observed as a Shivratri night. Thus adjust your time to perform all rituals and customs to please Lord Shiva. All devotees of Shiva observe the fast on the previous day of MahaShivrarti night. It can occur on Trayodashi or Chaturdarshi tithi (date) as per the Hindu calendar. But the main thing is that Shivratri night should be Chaturdarshi. As per Aacharya Lokesh, the Shivratri vrat (fast) starts on the day before the Shivratri. On this vrat day, devotees eat only one time during the whole day and then perform all the puja on the night of chaturdarshi. In 2024 year on Maha Shivratri, people who observe fast may take food once on the 08th of March as Chaturdarshi will begin on the same day from 21:57 IST. As per the Hindu calendar, Chatrudarshi tithi will start at midnight so devotes will observe fast on 08th March 2024. At night they will worship Lord Shiva. Chaturdarshi will end at 18:17 IST the next day, which means devotees’ fast will end here. It is advised to devotees not to break their fast during the whole night. The all information regarding muhurat will be useful in observing fast you in 2024 year as we hope.

Celebration of Maha Shiv Ratri in 2024

The Maha Shivratri is performed all over the country with full of energy and enthusiasm. The vrat is observed by devotees for the whole day. In puja, devotees offer milk, Bael leaves to the idol of the lord Shiva and please to Shivji. Maha Shivratri is the celebration of the marriage of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati as per Hindu mythology. Many people believed that lord Shiva performed a dance of creation, preservation and destruction, this is known as ‘Tandav Nirtya’. The celebration of the Maha Shivratri starts with the first ray of the sun and goes on the next morning. On this auspicious day, devotees visit Lord Shiva’s temple and offer their prayers to Shiva to gain blessings for a long life and a good future. Many followers of the lord Shiva pray all night with full spirit and also observe fast. The Maha Shivratri celebration is symbolizing the sign of commitment and spiritual passion across the world. This is believed by all the followers of Lord Shiva that on this day if Lord Shiva pleases then they will be free from the Karmic cycle (cycle of birth and death). So, observing the fast on Maha Shivratri 2024 can bring happiness in your life and you will be free from the karmic cycle, make use of the best on this day. In the temple, priests offer prayer to the ‘lingam’ form of lord Shiva. This prayer will have to be performed at regular intervals that are after every three hours on Maha Shivratri day. This prayer will continue the whole day and night. All devotees chant the ‘Shiva Mantra’ which is ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ during the performance of puja. Thus, chant this mantra and please the lord Shiva on Maha Sivratri in 2024.

Importance of Maha Shivraratri Vrat

According to Hindu Mythology, it is believed that Maha Shivrartri’s day fast is observed to be one of the most powerful among all other fasts. Therefore, two usual forces that get a human being in trouble are Tamas Guna which indicates the quality of inertia and the second is Rajas Guna which indicates the adorning activities. So, Mahashivratri vrat helps a person to manage or control both of the forces. It is highly believed that if a person with complete devotion worships Lord Shiva on the great occasion of Maha Shivaratri, then that person can able to control his actions and negative thoughts like anger, jealousy etc. that come because of Rajas Guna. it is believed that on the whole night, a person observes Maha Shivrartri fast, then he gets free and keeps away from all the negativity that comes from the ‘Tamas Guna’. Maha Shivrartri fast is considered to be one of the most powerful and auspicious. It is a fact of the Maha Shivrartri fast that if a person observes that fast on this auspicious day, then that person gets blessed with Lord Shiva. Most of the people who do Maha Shivratrti fast only eat milk and fruit diet. On the whole day of the Maha Shivrartri fast, some people even don’t consume water. In 2024, you don’t need to get confused about your diet i.e. what to eat, during the whole day of Maha Shivratri fast. On the Chaturdashi Tithi morning, just promise to observe Maha Shivratrti fast with full devotion and faith and believe that in 2024 Maha Shivrartri Vrat is on your way. This auspicious and great festival of Maha Shivrartri, every year millions of people fast and worship Lord Shiva with complete devotion, faith and sincerity. According to Indian traditions, people who fast on this auspicious day, visit the Temple of Shiva in the morning and worship Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati. Bathing the Shiva Lingam is the most necessary element of Maha Shivratri. On this auspicious occasion, devotees start their fast and their first step is bathing the Shivling with Water, honey, Milk, Sugar, Kale Til, Purified butter, Ganga Jal( water of the Ganga River) and then some fresh flowers are put there. After doing all these, devotees apply Lingam, Tilak of Chandan with some rice. And also put some fruits and fresh flowers on it. After that, devotees close their process of worship with the final step which is reading Katha and also doing Parikrama. You must be wondering what the myth is. Therefore, you need to know about the Maha Shivrartri Fast and how to complete it in 2024. So, read further for this….

Legend of Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is connected with several legends by devotees. Therefore, one of the main legends is considered one who churned Milk Ocean. So, we are telling you here the most popular legend of this auspicious day to aid you in finishing your 2024 Maha Shivraratri fast. The ‘Samundra Manthan’ or ‘churning of Milk Ocean’ was a detailed method of how to bring out Amrit( the elixir of immortality) from the ocean of milk. Mount Meru also known as Mount Mandarachala, churning the churning milk ocean( Samundra Manthan), was used as a pole for churning and the churning rope work was done by the king of Serpents, which is namely s Vasuki. At the time of churning ( manthan) therefore, demons wanted the front side of the snake to hold and another side, God Vishnu wanted the demigod of the snake’s tail side to hold. Hence, demons got the snake poisoned by the fumes which came out from the mouth of the snake. But they continue, pulling the body of the snake in the back and on the fourth motion. Therefore, this motion came up due to the rotation of Mount Meru and finally, the Manthan of Milk Ocean took place. Afterwards, Lord Vishnu came up in a turtle avatar and he took all up his weight on his back and saved from getting drowned in the sea. Through this Manthan process lots of things come out from the ocean and among these one was lethal poison. The poison was so powerful that it could actually dirty the whole ocean, with this demon and gods got frightened. To save the world, this poison is consumed by Lord Shiva and Lord Shiva kept this poison in his throat, and this is the reason for his blue neck colour because of poison his neck turned in colour blue. That’s why he is known as Neelkantha. At the time of Samundra Manthan’s whole process, Amrit was one of the main things that came out of Milk Ocean, and everyone desired this thing. Therefore, this is Samundra Manthan Kath and this whole katha says that Lord Shiva giving their contribution to saving the world from such length of poison. Thus, this was all the things in 2024 we had on the auspicious festival of Maha Shivratri. Therefore, use the good of this information on Maha Shivarartri to make 2024 Maha Shivratri most beneficial. So, enjoy this Maha Shivrartri and worship the Lord Shiva with complete devotion and faith.
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