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Maha Shivaratri 2017: Get Blessed On Rudra’s Night

The festival of Maha Shivaratri in the year 2017 will be celebrated on 24 February 2017,  Friday. Power and blessings of Lord Shiva will help to overcome the negativity in life and enable the person to live a life with moral and peaceful way.

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival, which is celebrated in the honour of Lord Shiva. This festival is also known by the name of Padma Rajarathri. Before we move ahead to understand the significance of this festival let us take a look at the muhurat of Maha Shiv ratri in 2017.

Maha Shivaratri 2017  Muhurat

As per the Nirnaya Sindhu, the night of Shiva or Shivaratri occurs on the corresponding night of Chaturdashi every month. The Shivaratri of Magha month is known as Maha Shivaratri. To observe the fast on this day adjust your schedule accordingly. mahashivratri-2015

Devotees observe fast of Maha Shivaratri on the day before Shivaratri night. It can be either triyodashi or Chaturdashi tithi as per Hindu calendar. However, but ensure that the night should be of Chaturdashi tithi.

As per the Nirnaya Sindhu, Shivratri fast begins with the day prior to Shivaratri. On that day, devotees eat once in the day and worship Lord Shiva at the night of Chaturdashi. On the next day, after performing the daily activities, devotees visit temple and observe fast.

Celebration of Maha Shivaratri In 2017

The festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated by offering Bael Leaves to the Lord Shiva idol. This traditional celebration is followed by observing fast on the entire day. By doing this, you can enchant the Lord Shiva Mantra on Shivaratri whole night.

In accordance with the Hindu Mythology, the occasion of Maha Shivaratri depicts the wedding of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. However, a number of people believe that Lord Shiva performed ‘Tandava Nritya’, which is the dance of preservation, destruction and creation.

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The celebration of Maha Shivaratri begin with the sunrise and goes on till the next morning. On this special day, devotees visit temples and offer prayers to the Lord Shiva to fetch the blessings for well-being and good fortune. Large number of followers of Shiva continue with the prayers for the entire night and also observe Shivaratri Fast. This celebration is considered to be the sign of spiritual passion and dedication on the entire globe.

Devotees believe that observing fast on this day and worshipping Lord Shiva liberates them from cycle of life and death. So, this is the importance of observing fast on Maha Shivaratri . Utilize the day in the best possible manner.

The prayer and offering are carried out to the Shiva Lingam in the Shiva Temple. This process is repeated in every three hours by the priest of the temple and it continues till the next morning. Devotees chant Shiva Mantra, which is ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, while offering Bael leaves to the Shiva Lingam. Memorize this mantra and impress Supreme Lord Shiva in year.

Significance of Maha Shivaratri Vrat In 2017

According to the Hindu Mythology, observing fast on the Maha Shivaratri is believed to be the most powerful among all the other fasts. Tamas Guna, which signifies the quality of inertia and Rajas Guna, which signifies the quality of passionate activities; are the two forces that influence human beings to a large extent.

Maha Shivaratri fast helps the people to overcome both of these qualities. It is believed that if someone worships Lord Shiva with complete devotion on this day, his actions are controlled and negative thoughts like anger, jealousy and lust that shows up due to Rajas Guna are controlled. By observing the fast of Maha Shivaratri for the entire night, the person gets free from all negativity that started at the time of birth by Tamas Guna.

The fast of Shivaratri is considered to be the most auspicious one. One of the fact, about Maha Shivaratri is that if a person observes fast on this day, he/she is blessed with the divine grace. While observing this fast, people are on Fruit and milk diet. However, there are those who don’t even consume water for the whole day. Don’t get confused with what to eat during fast. Just take the oath to observe fast on the morning of Chaturdashi Tithi with full devotion and faith.

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As per the tradition, people who observe fast on this day visit Shiva Temple in the morning time and offers prayer to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The most essential part of Maha Shivaratri is bathing the Shiva Lingam. Devotees use Milk, Honey, Sugar, purified Butter, Black sesame seeds, Ganga Jal and fresh flowers along with Bael Leaves. After bathing the Shiva lingam with these, devotees apply Sandalwood Paste with rice on the Lingam. In addition, devotees put some fresh flowers and fruits too on the Shiva Lingam. They close the worship with recitation of Katha and doing Parikarma. Let us now read about the legend of Shivaratri.

Maha Shivaratri Legend

According to the devotees, Maha Shivaratri is associated with several legends. However, the legend of churning ocean is the major legend. Here is the detail of this major legend.

The ‘churning of the ocean’ or ‘Samudra Manthan’ was a procedure to bring out Amrit (the elixir of immortality) out of the ocean of milk. In Samudra Manthan, Mount Meru, which is also known as mount Mandarachala, was used as the rod; and the work of churning rope was done by the King of serpents, named ‘Vasuki’. Lord Vishnu came up in the avatar of a turtle and saved the mountain from getting drowned into the ocean by taking up all its weight on his back. neelkanth

At the time of Manthan (churning), demons wanted to hold the front side of the snake and Lord Vishnu Wanted the demigods to hold the snake’s tail side. Therefore, the demons got poisoned by the fumes that came out of the snake’s mouth. But still, they pulled the snake’s body in the back and forth motion. This motion came up with the rotation of mount Meru and ultimately the churning of ocean took place.

During churning process lots of things came out of the ocean, and one among those things was lethal poison. Seeing this, the demons and gods got terrified, as the poison was extremely powerful that it could literally contaminate the entire ocean.

In order to save the world, Lord Shiva consumed this poison and kept it in his throat, due to which his neck turned blue in colour. This is the reason for which he was named as Neelkantha (the one who has blue neck). While the process of Samudra Manthan, Amrit (elixir of immortality) was one of the things that came out of the milk ocean, and it was the main thing that everyone desired for.

This is the Katha of Samudra Manthan and contribution of Lord Shiva in saving the world from that lethal poison.

This is all about Maha Shivratri 2015. Utilize the best of this information on Shivaratri to make your Maha Shivratri in 2015 truly beneficial. For Maha Shivaratri Pujan, get detailed information.

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Feb, 01 2017 07:09 am