Marking with the new moon resonating in fullest in the month of Magha, Maha Shivaratri is being observed across India today.
Accorded with a lot of significance in Hindu mythology, God Shiva has followers scattered across a multitude of ethnicity and culture. The term Maha Shivratri is coined from the words – Maha, Shiva and Ratri, means ‘The Great Night of Shiva’.
Celebrated prominently in North and South region of India, Maha Shivaratri aims to honour Lord Shiva, with the devotees observing day-long fasts.
According to the South Indian calendar, Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha in the month of Magha is known as Maha Shivaratri. North Indians on the other hand celebrate Maha Shivratri in month of Phalguna.
It is widely believed that anyone who observes Maha Shiv ratri with utmost sincerity and devotion, leads to washing away of their sins and find moksha (nirvana).
Maha Shivaratri Muhurta (All timings in IST)
- On 25th, Maha Shivaratri Parana Time = 07:04 to 15:45
- Ratri First Prahar Puja Time = 18:38 to 21:45
- Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time = 21:45 to 24:51+
- Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time = 24:51+ to 27:57+
- Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time = 27:57+ to 31:04+
According to a legend, on this day Shiva performed ‘Tandava’, the dance of creation and destruction.
Devotees observe rigorous fasting on this day. Hindus follow this festival with utmost fervour.