Shiva Ratri 2020. Mahashivaratri Festival is celebrated with enthusiasm and religious fervour in all Hindu religious people. This religious festival is celebrated in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and many parts of West Indies. The festival occurs on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun. Devotees keep fast all through the day and night of Shivaratri in honour of Lord Shiva.
The day resembles “overcoming darkness” from life and the world. Hindu people visit Shiva temples. Ritual bath of Shiva Lingam with milk, water, honey is also performed by the devotees as a part of the tradition.
When is Shiva Ratri?
Shivaratri 2020 is on 21 February, Friday.
This fortunate festival of Mahashivaratri takes place on the 4th night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun. Krishna Paksha is a Sanskrit term which means the period of the waning moon or the dark fortnight. Bengali month Phalguna corresponds to the month of March, in the English calendar. Shivaratri Festival is celebrated mainly on a moonless night.
Shivaratri as “Shiva’s Great Night”
The festival is celebrated in a customary ritual where devotees give a ritual bath to the Lingam with the panchagavya which includes – milk, sour milk, Ghee butter and dung. Shivaratri Festival mainly take place at night. Devotees of Lord Shiva in Shiva temples across the world and spend ‘the Night of Lord Shiva’ by chanting verses in praise of the Lord. The festival holds special meaning for the ladies.
Rituals of Maha Shivratri
Devotees of Shiva worshippers maintain this day and night with some religious customary rituals. Women shiva worshippers give ritual bath of shivalinga which is most significant in this festival. All-day, the dedicated devotees abstain from eating food which is Shivratri fast and break their fast only the next morning.
On the Shivaratri morning, devotees wake up early in the morning and take a ritual sunrise bath in the holy water of river Ganga. Devotees stay awake all night and spend the night in Shiva temples in worship of Lord Shiva. During this worship, Lord Shiva is offered special food made from the fruits of root vegetables and coconuts, which is used prasad later to break the fast of devotees.
Shivaratri Pooja has immense significance in Hindu mythology. Devotees believe that a person is absolved of past sins and is blessed with Moksha or salvation if he or she prays Lord Shiva in Maha Shivratri with devotion and can please Lord Shiva.
It is said that ritual bath of ShivaLinga with six different dravyas including milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water while chanting holly verses pleases Lord Shiva the most. According to mythology, each of these dravya used in the ritual bath has some unique qualities
- Milk is for the symbol of piousness.
- Yoghurt is for prosperity.
- Honey is for sweet speech.
- Ghee is for victory.
- Sugar is for happiness.
- Water is for purity.
Devotees wake up early in Shivratri morning and bath with the holy water of river Ganga as well as offer prayer to Sun God, Vishnu and Shiva. Then they wear fresh new clothes and pay a visit to the nearest Shiva temple. For women worshipers, this worship is very beneficial for their husbands and children.
Devotees keep fast on this day and don’t take a drop of water. They worship all night long and only breaks the vrat after the next morning with prasad.
After giving the ritual bath of Shiva Lingam with those six different dravyas, Bilwa leaves which have to be a stalk with three leaves is kept on top of the Shivalinga to cool the hot-tempered deity. Some devotees also offer the betel leaves to Lord Shiva marking satisfaction with worldly pleasures. Garlanding of Linga with flowers and garlands is also a part of the ritual.
How people Celebrate Shivratri?
Celebrations of Shivaratri began with the break of the dawn on the Shivratri day and continue all through the night. Devotees observe fast and spend the day in devotion and worship of Lord Shiva.
Shivratri Festival is particularly participated by Hindu women. On Shivaratri, married and unmarried women perform puja with great faith. Goddess Parvati who is also called is regarded as the giver of good husbands and a long and prosperous married life. So, women enthusiastically keep the fast and perform the rituals on the day.
In Hindu religion fast is called “Vrat”. Every year devotees observe Maha Shivaratri fast with devotion and sincerity. Many worshippers go on a diet of fruits and milk, some do not consume even a drop of water all day and night of Shivaratri Festival. When a devotee spends an entire day with worships with sincerity, he is controlled the evils like lust, anger and jealousy. By keeping the fast and doing worship the devotees pleased Lord Shiva and try to gain Moksha from all sins.
Significance of Shivratri
Festival of Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the devotees of Lord Shiva. There can be a question why Shivratri is celebrated? The answer is, it is said that a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the day of Shivratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha.
Festival of Mahashivaratri has tremendous significance in Hinduism. It is believed that worship of Lord Shiva with devotion and sincerity absolves a devotee of past sins.
Mahashivratri Festival is also considered to be an extremely significant festival for women. Married and unmarried women keep fast and perform Shiva Puja with sincerity to acquire a prosperous married life. Unmarried women also pray for a husband like Lord Shiva who is regarded as the ideal husband.
Maha Shivratri SMS. When the festival Shivratri comes, you must want to wish your dearest relatives, friends. Then you need some unique and thoughtful wishes. Here we gathered some Shivratri message wishes which can help you. Those are below:
May Lord Shiva shower blessings on all and give power and strength to everyone facing difficulties in there lives.
Shivratri ke is utsav par Bhagwan Shiv aur maa Shakti is kripa aap sab par bane rahe.
Wishing you all a very happy Mahahivrati. God bless you all with lots and lots of happiness, your wishes will be accomplished. Om Namah Shivaya..
Jai Bhole Shankar Ki to all people of our beautiful Fiji Islands. On this auspicious festival of Shivratri, I, on behalf of my organisation would like to wish all Sanatanis a very happy Shivratri and may Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati shower their blessings to everyone. May this festival be a purposeful one to everybody.
Happy Shivaratri to all. Bhagwan Bholenath, I pray to you for all the people in this world. Please give everyone happiness, peace and lots of smiles. This is my prayer for today. Om Namah Shivaaye!!
Show your blessings and love on elders, children and your beloved on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivartri.
Shivratri blessings to you and your family. May the almighty Lord Shiva bless you all with good things and perfect health. God Bless
OM NAMAH SHIVAYE
Lord shiv please give your blessings to my family and especially to Arjun and me. I really love him. I don′t know why is he treating me insensitively. I hope this Shivratri, things turn out to be perfect between me and Arjun. I will also keep a fast on Shivratri. Let us be the ideal couple like Shiv and Parvati. Make him come back and marry me.
Wish you all a very Happy Shivratri.
“Krinvanto Vishvam Aryam” the ved mantra which means â€œsare vishv ko arya bana do arthat sreshth bana do.
On the occasion of Mahashivratri I pray that God bless us always. I keep fast on that day and I pray that God give me what I want.
May Lord Shiva Bless us all and shower happiness upon each and everyone‘s family. May all our wishes come true!
Happy Shivratri Images
When we can see any picture of an object, we can understand the thing more clearly. So, you can need Shivratri images to understand the rituals or to wish anyone. Here we gather some images of Maha Shivratri. Check out below.
Happy Shivratri Quotes in English
Shivratri quotes are right below.
“Wishing you all a very happy Mahashivratri!
May Lord Shiva bless you all with lots of happiness and prosperity!”
“On this auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri,
Many-many greetings to you and your family!”
“Celebrate the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri with the joy of heart and help people understand the values of Lord Shiva.”
“I wish the glory of Shiva Shankar uplift your soul and banish all your troubles. Happy Maha Shivratri.”
“May Lord Shiva shower upon you all his choicest blessings on this Maha Shivratri, Jai Shiva Shankar.”
“May the glory of the divine Shiva, remind us of our capabilities and help us attain success. Jai Shiva Shankar.”
“May all your wishes be granted by Lord Shiva! Wish you and your family a very happy Maha Shivratri.”
So, I have discussed Maha Shivratri in this article. This significant night is very prominent for Hindu religious people and especially for women. They worship and keep fast on the day and night for pleasing Lord Shiva and to gain Moksha from all sins.Thank you.