The Occasion of Maha Shivratri: Story Behind this Religious Festival

Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri holds immense significance in the Hindu culture. Devotees of Mahadev all across the world celebrate this festival with aplomb and premium puja samagri bought online.

Mahadev or Shiva is one of the principal deities of Hinduism who along with Brahma and Vishnu takes care of the process of birth, sustenance, and death. All his followers worship him religiously with much love, respect, and divine puja kits. Maha Shivratri is an annual Hindu festival celebrated in the honor of Lord Shiva. This year the festival falls on 11th March, Thursday. Devotees of Lord Shiva celebrate Maha Shivratri with full excitement and the celebrations extend from India to some parts of Nepal and the West Indies. 

The day before the new moon or the 14th day of every lunar month is Shivratri. In Hindu mythology, such festivals and rituals have many interesting stories and folklore attached to them which give us an idea about how it all started. It is on this day Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati as per beliefs. 

1. Origin And Story Behind Shivratri:-

  • Devotees decorate  Lord shiva idols with garlands, beautiful flowers, Chandan, etc. There are many stories about this festival and we are going to discuss the most famous ones. 
  • Once when the Gods and the demons collectively churned the ocean to obtain ambrosia, laid in the hidden ocean depths, a pot of poison emerged. Everyone was anxious and worried about the fate of the poison.  At that time Lord Shiva drank all the poison stored in his throat which later turned blue. This is why he is also known as Neelkanth. This gesture of his saved the mortals from losing their lives and Lord Shiva became a superpower. 
  • Another story that catches our attention is  Goddess Ganga descended from heaven in full force. Its force was such that it could wash down the earth completely. There was no one who could control the force of the fury of Goddess Ganga. It was at that time that Lord Shiva caught her in his matted locks, and released her on  Earth in several streams. This prevented the destruction of the earth. 

2. Rituals To Perform On Shivratri:-

  • Devotees observing this puja should wake up early and also, take a bath with warm water & black sesame seeds. This practice helps to cleanse the body and mind of impurities and begin the day fresh and also, clean. 
  • Visiting a temple of Lord Shiva on this day is an important ritual. Puja samagri online shopping for essential puja items, and samagris prior to the ritual commences. After getting ready early morning, the devotees head to Shiva temples and mandirs to honor the Lord for bestowing his divine blessings on all. 
  • For those who arrange for puja at home, they book pandits online for Shivratri puja. The knowledgeable Pandit Jis performs the rituals with full devotion. 

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