Lord “Shiva” is eternal that’s why he is being called as “Aadidev” who has achieved perpetuity. Devotees of Lord Shiva seek good health, life, and luck from him.
What is Mahashivratri
It is a festival observed by Hindus in India. People keep fast on this occasion of Shivratri and recite hymns for lord Shiva. Shiv temples are embellished on this day all over the country with colorful lights and other decorative articles. People offer prayers to Shiva Lingam till late night. Lord Shiva is offered water, vermillion, woodapple leaves, curd, and milk as it is thought that all these are Shiva’s favorite.
It is thought that people should keep fast and pray to Lord Shiva to welcome good luck and good life into their lives. This festival is widely popular in Ujjain, which is assumed to be the residence of Lord Shiva. A large procession is taken out all over the city, with people crowding the streets to have a view of the idol of Lord Shiva.
Every year, Mahashivratri is being celebrated in February as per the English calendar and the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. This year it is to be celebrated on 24th of February, 2017.
Rituals on Maha Shivaratri
Shivratri festival is celebrated by the devotees of Lord Shiva by observing the rituals with great auspicious approach and faith. Throughout the day, devotees do not eat or drink anything finally break the fast the next morning. It is believed that keeping fast on this day and worshiping Lord Shiva will clean them from any sin and will get Moksha.
Rituals of Shivratri: On this day people gets up early morning and after bathing, possibly in the holy waters of Ganga, they offer prayers to the God Sun, Shiva and Vishnu. They revolve around the Shivalinga and arpan it holy water and often pour milk as well. In this day, Shiv Linga is also given bath with milk, honey and yogurt every 3 hours. After this, it is smeared with vermilion paste and Bilwa leaves are placed on the head of the Shiva Linga.
Thandai is a drink mix with bhang (cannabis) along with milk and almonds is the major drink of this occasion that is consumed by the devotees on this occasion which is often assumed to be the favorite drink of Shiva.
Hence, goes on the celebrations of Maha Shivaratri. Bam Bam Bhole!