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    Why we are celebrating 'Mahashivratri'? For which reason?

    What is the significance of Mahashivratri? Find out why we celebrate Maha Shivratri and how it is celebrated.

    Why we are celebrating 'Mahashivratri'? For which reason? I think Mahashivratri has been celebrated to remember the day when Shiv marry the Parvaty? I am right Or any other reason behind this holyday? What is the importance of 'Mahashivratri'? What are the religion are associated with this festival?
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  • There are many legends regarding celebrating Mahashivratri. The most common among them is that Lord Shiva married Devi Parvati on this auspicious day.
    The second legend says that Lord Shiva performed Tandava Dance to destroy the universe.
    Therefore, this festival is celebrated by the Hindus in the Hindi month of Phagun.
    On this day, married couple keeps fast and worship Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. Also, the unmarried girls offer milk to king cobra.


  • As per Hindu mythology the of Mahasivaratri is considered highly auspicious as it is believed that Lord Shiva came into existence in the formless state of Lingam on the mid night of Mahasivaratri day which is known as Lingodbhavam. And hence, the night of Mahasivaratri is considered very auspicious. It is believed that people or devotees who go on a fasting on this day and worship Lord Shiva with Bilva patram and with full devotion, then remain awake or jaagaran in the night time are freed from the bondage and the cycles of birth and death and thus reach the abode of god.

    Also see: Importance of Mahasivaratri

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  • The story behind Mahasivarathri is that Lord Siva drank Kalakuda Poison in-order to protect the living beings in the earth. Then Parvathy Devi(eife of Siva) caught hold of his neck so that the poison will not go down to his stomach, which can cause his death. She sat whole night awake with her hand holding on his throat to make sure not even a drop of poison will go below. Thus by the next day, the poison got thickened and a swollen part was formed on his neck, which is called the Adam's apple. Thus Mahasivarathri is the day when Paravathy devi sat awake for the life of her husband, therefore Hindu ladies/women celebrate Mahasiavrathri for the long life of their husbands and for their good being.

    "Do not give up, things might not favour you always"

  • Reasons for celebrating the Mahashivratri:
    One of the reason behind celebrating Mahashivratri is that on this day Lord Shiva was married to Parvati Ma. Another reason is that on this day shiva saved the world from the pot of poison emerged from the ocean during samudra manthan.

    When it is celebrated?
    This day is celebrated on the 13th or 14th night of the Phalgun month (in English calender it is February or March) every year.

    How it is celebrated?
    Generally it is celebrated by the Hindus. On this day, devotees awake whole night and pray to the shiva called as "jaagran" in the hindu religion. In the next morning, shiv worship is done by the devotees in the shiva temple. The devotees take fast for whole day on mahashivratri. They worship the shiva as:
    1. By bathing the Shivlinga with water, milk and honey.
    2. They apply the vermilion paste on the linga after bathing it.
    3. Then they offer fruits, flowers and bel leaves on Shiva Linga.

    Significance of Mahashivratri:
    It festival have more significance for hindu women. Many of the married or unmarried women keep fast on this day and do the "Shiv pooja". Married women prays for long life of their husband and the unmarried women prays for a husband like Lord Shiva who is called as the ideal husband.

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  • Mahashivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. On this occasion of Shivratri festival here are some Mahashivratri Status.

  • One line answer will be - Its marriage anniversary of Lord Shiva and Lordess Parvati .

    Since the Hindu calendar is different from the Roman calendar, we do not celebrate on fixed date.

  • Mahashivratri festival is occured in chaturdasi tithi. Tithi is occured according to the moon. Actually it is occured for whole day that means for 24hours or 4prahar. 1 prahar means 6hours. It is a very special day for all persons. Young girls do this for better husband in future and for Virtue. Young boys do this for better wife and for virtue. All men and women do this for 4 things. They are Dharma, Artha, Kama and Mokhya and also for good health of their family. All people wish to free from sin.
    According to karma good work give us good fruit but bad work give us bad fruit.
    There are many stories for the mahashivratri.
    one day a tribe do this pooja bidhi unknowingly. He awake whole night and bel leaves put on linga. But he gets the good fruit for this. So, devotees awake whole night and do pooja. Devotees do panchamrit snan on linga. Panchamrit means milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar.
    Another story is- Lord Shiva and godess parvati are married in this tithi.

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