The festival of Maha Shivaratri in the year 2017 will fall on February 24. Power and blessings of Lord Shiva will help the human being to overcome the negativity in their life.
MAHA SHIVARATRI 2017 MUHURAT
According to the ancient Vedic text, Shivaratri occurs on the corresponding night of the fourteenth day, of the lunar calendar every month. The Shivaratri of the Magha month is known as Maha Shivaratri.
Devotees observe the fast of Maha Shivaratri on this day. It is regarded as either Trayodashi or Chaturdashi. But the fact that should be kept must be that the night on which fast is observed must be of Chaturdashi Tithi.
On this day devotees observe fast and eat only one time in the day. They worship Lord Shiva in the night of Chaturdashi. On the next day, the devotees worship lord Shiva and keep fast.
So, on Maha Shivratri in year 2017, devotees should eat once in the day on 24 February 2017. This is because Chaturdashi is beginning on the same day.
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CELEBRATION OF MAHA SHIVARATRI IN 2017
The festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated by offering certain things like Bael leaves to the idol of Lord Shiva. This traditional celebration is celebrated by observing fast on the entire day.
According to the Hindu Mythology, the festival of Maha Shivaratri indicates the wedding of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. However, a number of people believe that Lord Shiva performed ‘Tandava Nritya’ on this day.
Celebration of Maha Shivaratri begins with the sunrise and lasts until the next morning. On this auspicious day, devotees visit Shiva temple and offer their prayers. This celebration of Maha Shivaratri is considered as the sign of dedication and spiritual passion. It is believed that people who observe fast on this day gets relieved from the circle of life and death.
The prayers to the Shiva Lingam are carried out by the priest of the temple. This needs to be repeated around every three to four hours a day. On this day, devotees chant the Shiva Mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ for the entire duration of this event.
SIGNIFICANCE OF MAHA SHIVARATRI FAST IN 2017
According to the Hindu Mythology, observing fast on the day of Maha Shivaratri is considered as the most powerful fast among the other entire fast. Tamas Guna, which signifies quality of inertia and the Rajas Guna, which signifies the quality of passionate activities are the two natural forces that bother humans.
With the Maha Shivaratri fast person gets the ability to take control on both of these. It is believed that if a person worships Lord Shiva with utmost devotion and dedication, his actions are controlled and the negative thoughts are eliminated. The person gets free from the negativity occurring from the ‘Tamas Guna’ on the day of Shivaratri.
This ritual of observing fast on the day of Maha Shivaratri is considered as the most auspicious. If a person observes fast on this day, he/she gets blessed with the divine grace of Lord Shiva. Most people take fruit and milk diet on this day. However, there are some people who even do not drink water on this day. You do not need to be confused about the diet to be followed on this day. Just remember to take the oath of observing fast with full dedication and devotion.
The most essential part of offering prayer to Lord Shiva on the day of Maha Shivaratri is bathing of Shiva Lingam. Devotees bathe the Shiva Lingam with Milk, Honey, Sugar, Water, Black Sesame seeds, Ganga Jal and some fresh flowers. After done with this, they apply Sandalwood paste (Chandan Tilak) on the Lingam. The Shiva Pujan ends by reciting the Shiva Katha and doing parikrama.
MAHA SHIVARATRI KATHA/LEGEND
There are many legends associated with the Shivaratri. However, the legend of churning the ocean is regarded as the most important. So, the story of this popular legend goes as follows –
The churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan was performed to bring Amrit out of the ocean. Mount Meru or Mandrachal was used as a rod to churn the ocean. King of Serpents, Vasuki performed the role of rope to churn the mountain. To get the mandrachal stabilized Lord Vishnu took the Matasya incarnation and took the weight of the mountain of his back. Demons and Demigods performed the Samudra Manthan and several things came out of the ocean bed.
One of the lethal things that came out was poison. Seeing this demons and demigods got extremely terrified as the poison was strong enough to contaminate entire ocean. In order to save the world, Lord Shiva consumed the poison and kept it in his throat. As a result their neck turned blue and they were named as ‘Neel Kanth’.
This is the legend of Samudra Manthan and contribution of Lord Shiva in saving the world.
This is it for the auspicious festival of Maha Shivaratri 2017. Utilize the information to make the best out of the Maha Shivaratri festival 2017
Created: Wednesday, February 08 2017
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar