Maha Shivaratri 2013 Date,Shivaratri 2013 Date,Maha Shivaratri In India

Maha Shivaratri 2013:

Maha Shivratri 2013 Date
When: Sunday, 10 March, 2013
Where: India

Maha Shivaratri called for a night dedicated to the worship of Shiva. This event is to be in the 14 night of the new moon of the month of Phagun. According to popular belief, Lord Shiva is said to have performed the 'Tandava Nritya tonight. Many legends and beliefs have been associated with this day. Maha Shivaratri holds immense value for Hindus and it is a great day for the devotees of Lord Shiva.

Importance of Maha Shivaratri

Apart from the major Tandava performed by Lord Shiva, it is also believed that Lord Shiva married Parvati night. It is said that this night Parvati prayed fervently for the welfare of Lord Shiva.

Another legend says that on this day when Lord Brahma and Vishnu had a dispute over the beginning and end of Lord Shiva, it manifests itself in the form of a "Lingum" to depict that there neither beginning nor end in his being.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva Parvati when asked ritual which he liked best, Lord Shiva has declared that the services and rituals performed by his followers in the night the 14th of the month Phagun most delighted.

Rituals of Mahashivaratri

Devotees take a morning swim and swarm Shiva temple near to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and make offerings to the deity.
The traditional Shiva-Linga puja is performed where the Shiva Linga is given a solemn bath with milk, rose water, curd, ghee, honey and sandalwood paste. The puja is performed once every three hours!

People make offerings of milk, gangaajal (holy water), incense sticks, leaves ga, fruits and flowers. The devotees strictly perform all the rituals of Maha Shivratri as it is considered an auspicious day to worship Lord Shiva and it is believed they will be freed of their sins.

Maha Shivaratri celebrations are carried out with married women pray for the well-being and longevity of their husbands. In addition, because Shiva is considered as an ideal husband, unmarried women pray for a husband like him.
Keertans and jaagrans (nightlong vigil) is a major event that have singing, reading verses, and singing the praises of Lord Shiva. The song "Om Namah Shivaya" mantra is very important that day.

We're supposed to stay awake all night on Mahashivratri and keep a vigil the night. Fasting is firmly observed throughout the day and the devotees break the fast the next morning by eating the prasad that was offered to the idol.

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