Maha Shivaratri Festival or the ‘The Night of the worship of Shiva’ is celebrated all over the India, by followers of Lord Shiva. Shivaratri Festival is the time for the to appease Lord Shiva, The Celebration includes day and night, many performances and rituals make the day dedicated to Shiva Shambhu.
There are various interesting stories that relates to the festival of Maha Shivaratri. According to one of the most popular legends ,Shivaratri is celebrated as it is the wedding anniversary of Lord Shiva and Parvati Devi. Some believe that was on the auspicious night of Shivaratri that lord Shiva performed the ‘Rudra Tandava’ i.e. the dance of destruction that shows the anger part of Lord Shiva . Another popular Shivaratri story in Linga Purana says that it was on Shivaratri that Lord Shiva displayed himself in a very complex symbol of Hinduism, known as “Linga”. All the above stories and believing of Shiva devotees gives them a chance to celebrate this very night as Maha Shivaratri – the Grand night of Shiva.
This year the Festival of Lord Shiva will be celebrated on 20th of February. Normally the great festival of Maha Shivaratri celebrated on the 13th or the 14th night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu Calender. Krishna Paksha is a Sanskrit word that is the period of waning moon or the dark fortnight and Phalguna corresponds to the month of February – March in English Calenda. This night is the dark nights as its celebrated with no moon visible.
Majorities of traditions and culture related to Shivaratri Festival are followed everywhere by the worshippers of Lord Shiva. The followers observe fast for Shiva that means, they go on a diet of fruits and milk and some don’t even drink water the whole day. Devotees strongly believe that sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivaratri, absolves a person of sins and liberate him from the cycle of birth and Death. Apart from these things , Shivaratri is considered very auspicious for women.While married women pray for the well being of their husbands unmarried women pray for a good husband in their future married life.
Very Commonly known as the Bhang, this drink was actually a mixture of milk and cannabis or better known as Marijuana. Bhang is a drink prepared with the help or marijuana leaves, with milk, sugar, kesar, badam, and many other ingredients. The Bhang tastes really good if prepared well. After drink some people go spiritual in their own world of peace. Apparently Lord Shiva loved this and this. The whole festival have great environment and this festival strongers the faith that people had in their Lord Shiva.
Jai Shambhu Bhole !!!!