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Maha Shivaratri 2024. All about Date, Vrat, Pooja

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Learn all about Maha Shivaratri 2024, including the date, vrat, and pooja rituals to observe on this auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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Maha Shivaratri is one of the most important and auspicious festivals for the devotees of Lord Shiva. It is celebrated every year on the fourteenth day of the dark fortnight of the lunar month of Phalguna or Magha, which usually falls in February or March. The festival commemorates the night when Lord Shiva performed the cosmic dance of creation, preservation and destruction, and when he married Goddess Parvati. It is also believed that on this night, Lord Shiva manifested himself as a linga, a symbol of his infinite power and energy.

Maha Shivaratri 2024 date and time

According to the Hindu calendar, Maha Shivaratri 2024 will be observed on Friday, March 8. The Nishita Kaal Puja Time, which is the most auspicious time to worship Lord Shiva, will be from 12:07 am to 12:56 am on March 9. The duration of this time period will be 49 minutes. The Shivaratri Parana Time, which is the time to break the fast after sunrise, will be from 6:37 am to 3:29 pm on March 9. The Chaturdashi Tithi, which is the lunar day dedicated to Lord Shiva, will begin at 9:57 pm on March 8 and end at 6:17 pm on March 9.

Maha Shivaratri vrat and fasting rules

Many devotees observe a strict fast on Maha Shivaratri to please Lord Shiva and seek his blessings. The fast begins on the morning of Maha Shivaratri and ends on the next morning after performing the puja rituals. Some people observe a partial fast, where they consume fruits, milk and water, while others observe a complete fast, where they abstain from any food or drink. The fasting rules may vary according to one’s tradition and preference, but some common guidelines are:

– Avoid eating any grains, pulses, salt, onion, garlic and other tamasic foods.

– Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and other intoxicants.

– Avoid sleeping during the day and stay awake throughout the night.

– Spend the day in meditation, chanting, reading scriptures and listening to devotional songs.

– Perform charity and help the needy.

Maha Shivaratri puja vidhi and samagri

The puja vidhi or procedure of Maha Shivaratri involves offering prayers and abhishekam (ritual bath) to Lord Shiva’s linga at home or in a temple. The puja samagri or materials required for the puja are:

– A Shiva linga or an image of Lord Shiva

– A copper or brass pot with a hole at the bottom

– A thread to tie the pot above the linga

– Water mixed with gangajal (holy water from river Ganga)

– Milk

– Curd

– Honey

– Ghee (clarified butter)

– Sugar

– Bilva leaves (wood apple leaves)

– Dhatura flowers (thorn apple flowers)

– Bhang (cannabis leaves)

– Sandalwood paste

– Vermilion

– Incense sticks

– Lamp

– Camphor

– Fruits

– Sweets

The puja vidhi is as follows:

– Cleanse yourself by taking a bath and wearing clean clothes.

– Place the Shiva linga or image on a pedestal or platform and decorate it with flowers.

– Tie the pot with water above the linga such that the water drips slowly on the linga.

– Light the incense sticks and lamp and offer them to Lord Shiva.

– Offer bilva leaves, dhatura flowers, bhang, sandalwood paste and vermilion to the linga while chanting “Om Namah Shivaya”.

– Perform abhishekam to the linga by pouring milk, curd, honey, ghee and sugar one by one while chanting “Om Namah Shivaya”.

– Offer fruits and sweets as prasad (sacred food) to Lord Shiva.

– Sing aarti (devotional song) and wave camphor in front of Lord Shiva.

– Seek forgiveness for any mistakes and ask for blessings from Lord Shiva.

Maha Shivaratri significance and benefits

Maha Shivaratri is a festival that celebrates the supreme power and grace of Lord Shiva. It is a day to express gratitude, devotion and love to him. By observing Maha Shivaratri vrat and puja, one can attain the following benefits:

– Liberation from the cycle of birth and death

– Removal of sins and negative karma

– Fulfillment of desires and wishes

– Protection from diseases and enemies

– Peace, happiness and prosperity

– Spiritual awakening and enlightenment

Maha Shivaratri is a festival that connects us with our inner self and the divine. It is a festival that reminds us of the eternal truth that Lord Shiva is the source of everything and the ultimate reality. It is a festival that inspires us to overcome the darkness of ignorance and illusion and embrace the light of knowledge and bliss. It is a festival that transforms us from being mere mortals to being immortal souls.

Vinay Kumar is Marketing Professional turned Entrepreneur, believes in turning ideas into reality.

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