MAHASHIVRATRI: A Night of Awakening

By : IIP Foundation

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Mahashivratri, as the name denotes, is a night of Lord Shiva. A full day fast, worship the Shivling with milk, water, fruits, bael leaves and ash, chanting of shlokas, mantra of ‘Om Namah Shivay’, temple bells, devotee’s devoutness, midnight song and inebriate dance with pure love is known as Shivratri.

Shivratri is the festival which is quite apart from other Hindu festivals. This celebrates the connubial harmony and matrimonial peace. There are many reasons behind the celebration of Shivratri. Some believe that on this day Lord Shiva performed the Tandav nritya and according to others, he drank poison from Samudra Manthan. Some celebrate this night with a belief that on this day Lord Shiva had wiped out all his enemies. Few consider this night a yogic night as they believe that on this day Lord Shiva had attained Kailash, means he had been merged in the mountain. However, the most popular belief is that it marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. That’s why couples and singles pray for a happy married life on this pious occasion.

Mahashivratri is celebrated in different style across various parts of the country but one thing remains the same that is a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh is the 1st choice of devotees to celebrate this greatest night. The devotees observe fasts on two days and gather at the Mahakaleshwar Temple for a grandeur worship of Shivling. In Himachal Pradesh, Shivratri is celebrated for a week long. In Nepal it is celebrated with different kind of rituals. South Indian States as Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, celebrate this whole day with dancing and singing, a complete contrary to North Indians. Whatever the way of celebrating Shivratri but Motto is same, to please Lord Shiva.

IIP Foundation under its series of documenting Indian heritage and culture, celebrating Mahashivratri, a night of awakening.

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Posted on Feb 21, 2017