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The festivity of Mahashivaratri is one of the most important festivals for millions of devotees of Lord Shiva. The festival signifies a lot according to Hindu Mythology. This auspicious day is considered as the wedding anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. It is said that the devotee who performs earnest worship of Lord Shiva on this auspicious day of Shivratri is exonerated of sins and attains moksha.
Significance of Shivaratri in Hinduism
Celebration of Mahashivaratri has tremendous significance in Hindu culture. According to secret scriptures, dedicated ritual worship of Lord Shiva on Shivarathri festival which falls on 14th day of dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases Lord Shiva the most. This reality is said to have been proclaimed by Lord Shiva himself, when his consort Parvati asked him as to which custom performed by his devotees pleases him the most.
Even till date, devotees of Lord Shiva perform devoted ritual worship on Shivratri with care and dedication. They observe day and night fast and perform sacred abhisheka to Shiva Linga with honey, milk, water and so on as Lord Shiva is known as the “Abhisheka Priya”. Hindus consider this day as extremely auspicious to worship Lord Shiva with whole hearted devotion so that the lord is pleased. It is said that people who worship him with devotion, will be liberated from the cycle of birth and death and achieves moksha or salvation.
Significance of Shivaratri for Women
Women in India consider the auspicious day of Shivarathi as extremely significant. Married and unmarried women observe fast and perform Shiva pooja with sincerity to appease Goddess Parvati who is also observed as ‘Gaura’ - one who bestows marital bliss for long and prosperous married life. Unmarried women also pray for a husband like Lord Shiva who is regarded as the ideal husband.
Myths behind Shivarathri
There are numerous legends that claim the real reason of Shivaratri to begin. It is about an incomprehensible assignment to figure out which one is correct on the grounds that these legends originate from different Puranas and have been interpreted by numerous researchers and henceforth have numerous adaptations. Out of the numerous this rendition is the most widely recognized one. The legend says that once, out of the three Hindu trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva), Lord Vishnu and Brahma were contending over who was the best of all. Master Shiva interceded and said that He is the best god among them. To demonstrate this, He appears as 'Linga'. Vishnu transforms himself into a hog and Brahma into a swan. The two attempts to their level best however can't cross the enormous Shiva Linga. At last Lord Shiva leaves the Linga and proclaims himself as the best of all. Shivaratri is considered as the day of Shiva and his significance. Different legends say that the marriage of Shiva-Parvati is praised as Shivaratri. It is additionally trusted that Lord Shiva performed 'Tandava', the move of the primal creation, protection and decimation on this auspicious night of Shivaratri.
Festivities and Rituals
The devotees of Lord Shiva take a dip in the nearby river at early morning and go to the temples of Lord Shiva to offer prayers along with Bilva leaves. They observe fast throughout the day. According to Puranas, worshipping Lord Shiva on Maha Shivaratri washes out all the sins made by him. Indeed, even Viashnavas, the enthusiasts of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna, appeal to Lord Shiva for His leniency on this day as they trust that He is the greatest fan of the Lord and hence, can favor them with exceptional commitment and access to the Lord. Gaudiya vaishnavas in Vrindavana visit the sanctuary of Gopesvara Mahadeva and offer bloom wreaths and water from the Ganges to the Holy Linga there. It is trusted that Lord Shiva Himself shows up in his objects of worship and gods on this night. Many individuals keep alert throughout the night and sing "bhajans" and petitions in the acclaim of Lord Shiva. As indicated by present day science, Maha Shiva Rathri marks move from winter to spring.
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editorFeb 23 2017