Published On : February 17, 2022  |  Author : Astrologer Umesh

Maha Shivratri: Values And Benefits

India’s one of the greatest and most revered festivals, Maha Shivratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the countless devotees of Lord Shiva, as the festival is dedicated to divine almighty Lord Shiva. This is hailed as a mega festival celebrated annually in reverence shown to the divine lord Shiva signifying his epic heavenly dance. Also hailed as The Great Night Of Shiva, the festival of Maha Shivratri takes place once a year in late winter, based on North Indian Hindu calendar.

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Significance Of Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri as outlined before is India’s one of the most famous festivals. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is hailed as a major religious occasion in Hinduism. The notability of the festival is that it signifies a great message of victory over darkness and ignorance in life and the world. The significance of the festival is quite boundless, given the enthusiasm of devotees who worships Lord Shiva with all reverence and boundless devotions during the festival of Maha Shivratri.

Basically, the day of Maha Shivratri showcases the apex of religiousness, something that is held in boundless reverence by the devotees. While the message of overcoming darkness and ignorance accentuates the significance of Maha Shivratri, the feature of being celebrated as the day of the divine lord, Mahadeva, or Lord Shiva also underscores the importance of the festival. 

Devotees on the day of Maha Shivratri, usually offer their prayers and devotions to the divine lord, Shiva. They chant prayers, observe fast and mediate. They perform a variety of rituals under the supervision of erudite priests so that they could please the lord and get their life blessed with boundless peace, happiness, and prosperity. During the occasion, staunch devotees of Lord Shiva stay awake all night offering their prayers and chanting the mantra of Shiva to please the Lord.

Countless devotees also pay a visit to temples dedicated to Lord Shiva or attend the pilgrimage to Jyotirlingams.

Why Is Maha Shivratri Celebrated?

The legend has it that Maha Shivratri is celebrated to commemorate the reincarnation of Mata Sati as Mata Parvati. Since the day signifies the happy union of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati, it is therefore celebrated in the form of Maha Shivratri.

Another legend mentions that Maha Shivratri commemorates the dance-form of Lord Shiva that he did for preservation, creation, and destruction. One tale suggests that the festival of Maha Shivratri is symbolic of how Lord Shiva saved the world by drinking the poison that came out of the churning of the ocean. The intensity of the venom turned Shiva’s throat blue, thus naming him Neelkantha.

Benefits Of Worshiping Of Lord Shiva During Maha Shivratri

  • Worshiping Lord Shiva during Maha Shivratri is highly recommended to the devotees who follow a spiritual path. The festival gives them immense spiritual advantages in life.
  • One attains happiness and peace in their domestic lives. Family situations get improved.
  • The ambitious people get desired results in their pursuits.
  • Observing Maha Shivratri improves one’s marital life, as the day also marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva.
  • Worshiping Lord Shiva during Maha Shivratri also means overcoming all enemies.

Final Words

The festival of Maha Shivratri is dedicated to the divine being of Lord Shiva. It is celebrated with boneless enthusiasms shown by the countless devotees of Lord Shiva. Prayers and Shiva’s mantra are chanted during the festival at temples and sanctum sanctorum of Lord Shiva. The significance of the festival lies in the fact that it helps devotees greatly who are on the spiritual path, besides being the religious one. Those who worship Lord Shiva during Maha Shivratri get peace, happiness, fortunes, and boundless prosperity, apart from overcoming obstacles and enemies in their lives.

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