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Anupriya Bedi Feb 07 2014

How is Maha Shivratri 2014 celebrated in India ?

Mercy Jacob Feb 07 2014
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Maha Shivratri is an auspicious night for the Hindus, where Lord Shiva is worshipped. It falls on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar, This year it will be celebrated on February 27th, 2014. According to Hindu mythology, Mahashivratri signifies the night when Lord Shiva performed the dance 'Tandava' that led to the creation, conservation and devastation of the universe. Some say, that this night marks the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Parvati.


Photo of Lord Shiva (by Indianhilbilly)

People throng to temples to offer prayers and please Lord Shiva. Holy mantras are also recited and special puja ceremonies are held throughout the night. Devotees observe fast and spend the day in devotion and worship of Lord Shiva. Woodapple leaves, cold water and milk are offered to the Shiva Lingam on this day.


Photo of Shiv Ling (by Austereraj)

Chanting of Shiva Mantras like 'Om Namah Shivaya' or the Mahamritunjaya Mantra using a Rudraksha Japa Mala is also considered auspicious. The fast is broken only the next morning, after a nightlong worship.


Photo of Lord Shiva (by Adeel Anwer)

Maha Shivratri is one of the important Hindu festivals and is celebrated with great enthusiasm, faith and zeal. It is not only limited to India but to Nepal, Mauritius and other neighbouring countries where Lord Shiva is Worshipped.


Photo of Amarnath Temple (by Gktambe)

Some of the most popular places where Maha Shivratri is celebrated magnificently are Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain and Amarnath Temple, which is about 140 km from Srinagar, both of these temples remain crowded during Maha Shivratri.

For a comprehensive list of temples in India, you can use the ixigo Trip Planner. It helps you find the religious places in any city.

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