Mahashivratri, is an Indian auspicious festival celebrated by Hindus in the month of the lunisolar calendar, under the Hindu calendar but once a year to honor Lord Shiva.
There are 12 Shivratri’s in the entire year, every month but Mahashivratri on 1st March 2022 which is celebrated across the country considered as auspicious which is supposed to be the night of Shiva and Shakti which means the energy of both masculine and feminine helps to balance the world.
Celebrated every year before the arrival of spring Maha Shivaratri means “the Great Night of Shiva”. This festival has its own significance and meaning.
Significance of MahaShivratri
This festival is most significant and important for all shiva devotees as it is believed and said that Lord Shiva has performed Tandava Nritya to save the world from destruction, this day is marked and celebrated as “Overcoming darkness and ignorance”.
There are multiple stories behind this day, Hindu scholars tell that Lord Shiva drank poisonous negativity to protect the world.
2 Stories Behind MahaShivratri
There are several stories behind this festival, to start with
- It is said that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati (Shakti) got married this day and we celebrate it as their anniversary, in many parts of the country ladies fast and pray for the long life of their husbands.
- Another story says, this day Shiva drank poison and known as Neelakantha, as during samudra manthan, a pot from the ocean emerged full of poison and to save the earth Lord Shiva drank it without swolling it and throat becomes blue and he saved the world.
5 Ways How to celebrate Mahashivratri in 2022
This is one of the most auspicious day to celebrate, pray and pay gratitude to the supreme power of the universe Lord Shiva. Sharing 5 simple yet important ways you can pray and spend your day:
- Meditate: Meditation is one of the best way to light up your mind and body and devote yourself to supreme power. This is the best way to sit quiet for sometime and meditate the name of lord Shiva which will help you to feel light and mind relaxed. It is said by spiritual gurus that the position of the constellations are considered very auspicious on the day of Mahashivratri and best time to meditate. Even old people’s advice that “If you can’t meditate entire year, do meditation on Mahashivratri, the most special day of the year.”
- Fasting: Fasting is one of the way to show your gratitude towards the supreme power. There are so many benefits apart from this. Fasting helps to detoxify your body and gives peace to your mind. Well, there are many ways to fast and in different part of country there are different way to keep fasting, even there are so many fasting foods recipes available on internet to make your fast little tempting and tasty. But, if you fast on fruits or foods that are easily digestible will give you peaceful mind and detoxify your body in a better way.
- Perform Rudra Abhishekh: We perform and worship Lord shiva in temples and at home as Shivling also known as Shiva Linga and among other different names Rudra is one of the name of God Shiva. Rudra is a manifestation of Lord Shivas fierce and of a destroyer. Rudra Abhishekh is a way to worship him by giving a holy bath of Shivaling by offering milk, honey, curd, Gangajal, bel patra, flowers and many other things which are the important part of this pooja. It is said that this pooja removes all negativity from life and brings blessings from Lord Shiva.
- Om Namah: Shivaya Chanting: This mantra is one I believe in and feel that as soon as you chant it will give you positive vibes, and energies you. In this mantra OM filled with a sound of universe means Love and Peace where Namah: Shivaya comprises 5 elements we live on Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. It is said if you chant 108 times minimum this Mantra it will bring peace in life.
These are a few ways in which you can celebrate Mahashivratri in 2022 to bring harmony, peace and love in the world and in your life.
OM NAMAH: SHIVAYA
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