Must Read – Spiritual Significance on Mahashivratri
Why is Mahashivratri Celebrated?There are various theories to the origins of this Hindu festival. It symbolises the night when Lord Shiva performed the famous ‘Tandava Nritya’. The term Mahashivratri is derived from the three words – Maha, Shiva, Ratri. It is thus, a night to celebrate Lord Shiva in all his glory. It literally translates into – The great night of Shiva.Mahashivratri is also supposedly marks when Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati. Thus, the day is doubly auspicious as the cosmos witnessed a convergence of two mighty divine powers.According to spiritual guru Sadhguru, the significance of Mahashivratri differs from person to person. For a family man, it is Lord Shiva’s wedding anniversary. And for ascetics, the night marks the moment when Lord Shiva went ‘absolutely still’ and became one with Mount Kailash.
How is Mahashivratri Celebrated?This auspicious day, like many Hindu occasions, is celebrated by observing a fast. The fast is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva Lingas are bathed with water, milk and honey, signifying purification of the soul. After this, vermilion paste is applied to it, representing virtue. In addition, flowers, fruits and bel leaves are offered to Shiva Lingas across the country, marking gratification of desire. Incense is burnt and lamps lit to mark the occasion.People get together in temples, etc. and chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ all night long.