Why we celebrate Maha shivratri?
Maha shivratri which literally translates to “great night of shiva”is a hindu festival largely celebrate in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrate on the new moon day in the month of maagha according to the hindu calendar. The day is celebrate to venerate lord shiva, an important deity in India culture.
People often fast on the night of shivratri and sing hymns and praises in the name of lord shiva. Hindu temples across the country are decorated with lights and colorful night long prayers to shiva lingam. Woodapple leaves, cold water and milk are offered to the shiva lingam on this day as they are believed to be lord shiva’s favorite.
It is believed that the people who fast on this night and offer prayers to lord shiva bring good luck into their life. The most popular Maha shivratri celebrations take place in ujjain, believed to the place to residence are carried out throughout the city, with people thronging the streets to catch a glimpse of the revered idol of lord shiva.
- INDIA 121 BY Kanika Gautam