An opportune time for worshipping Shiva, Shivaratri is a holy night. Shivaratri means "the Night of
Shiva" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu calendar, Masik Shivaratri is celebrated on the eve of Amavasya, the
new moon that comes on the 14th night of the darkest fortnight, or Krishna Paksha (New Moon day). Maha
Shivaratri, which occurs during the Tamil month of Masi or the Hindu period of Phalgun, is the most
important of these recurring Shivaratris (February–March).
During Mahashivratri, people can integrate their bodies fully
The 14th night of the lunar month is Shivaratri. The night before the new moon, or Amavasya,
is the night with the least light. The night of Mahashivratri ushers boundless
opportunities, spiritual triumph, and outward expansion and joy. You will be eternally
blessed if you worship Lord Shiva with a pure motive.
Shaving Head on Mahashivratri
As Mahashivratri occurs just before the full moon day, when positive energy is at its peak,
it is common for people to get a buzz cut in celebration. On Mahashivratri, it is considered
a sign of spiritual awakening and mental clarity to shave one's head.
Force of Energy on Mahashivratri
The Hindu festival Mahashivratri is the holiest of the twelve Shivaratri celebrations.
Today is a day when the natural world compels people to connect with their inner
spirituality. The purpose of this all-night celebration is to release pent-up energies
into the cosmos.
The Spiritual Festival of Mahashivratri
Mahashivratri is significant for persons who embark on the road of enlightenment and growth.
Mahashivratri is celebrated as Shiva's wedding anniversary by those who live in nuclear
families. Those focused on the material world view that as the day Shiva vanquished his
Fasting during Shivratri
Devotees observe the identical fasting ritual on both Masik Shivratri and Mahashivratri.
First, they take a shower with sesame oil as it helps them to cleanse body pollutants.
They then go to a Shiva temple, sing bhajans, and pray to God to gain his favour.
People donate honey, sandalwood paste, yoghurt, rosewater, and wildflowers to worship
Aegle Marmelos (bel Patra), betel leaves (paan Patta), grains, and fruits are other
common offerings to the deity.
Lighting diadems and incense appease Lord Shiva.
Vibhuti, also known as bhasma, is a sacred ash that devotees rub on their foreheads.
All day and all night, devotees recite the mantra Om Namah Shivaya.
It is said that reciting the mantra may cleanse you of your sins.
Significance of Masik Shivaratri
To find inner tranquillity, it is recommended that you worship Lord Shiva on Masik
Shivaratri. Maas Shivaratri, or Mini Shivaratri, is a Hindu festival celebrating the
union of Shiva and Shakti. It's a good day to pray for Shiva's favour. A monthly
celebration of Masik Shivaratri takes place on the 14th day of the waning moon, or
Chaturdashi, during the Krishna Paksha. A Tuesday occurrence of this is especially
To show their devotion to the Supreme Lord, ladies of all marital and single statuses
alike continue to fast and pray throughout the day. Many wives choose to fast for their
husband's health and happiness. Ladies looking for husbands pray to Shiva.
The mythology of Masik Shivaratri observed during the night of Shivratri
Shivaratri is observed in honour of Lord Shiva, who, mythology says, saved the world by
ingesting the most poisonous substance released from the spinning of the Milky Way
(Samudra Manthan). One of the 14 things that came out of the churning of the Milky Ocean
by the Devas (celestial beings) and the Asuras (demons) was a pot of deadly poison. Lord
Shiva drank it to neutralize its power and spare the cosmos. Parvati, the goddess,
stopped the poison that was turning Shiva's throat blue. Because of this, he became
known as "Neelkanth." In honour of this momentous day, we celebrate Shivaratri.
According to another myth, Shiva and Parvati tied the knot on Shivaratri. It is also
claimed that Lord Shiva only appears as the Shiva Lingam on Shivaratri nights.
Rituals of Masik Shivaratri
During the day of a Masik Shivaratri, it is customary to abstain from food and drink.
Morning Shiva Pooja is when some devotees break their fast. Many people do Shiva Pooja
either at home or in one of the many nearby Shiva temples. Abishekam (hydration Pooja)
is performed by pouring holy water, milk, curd, honey, ghee, turmeric powder, Vibhuti
(holy ash), or rosewater over a Shiva idol or Shiva Lingam. Praying using "Om Nama
Sivaya" is a technique to gain God's favour.
Why You Should Do the Masik Shivaratri Vrat
Lord Shiva's eternal blessings
Conquer your foes and live without worrying about dying
Rehabilitation from illness
Prosperity in the home and the workplace
Knowledge, tranquillity, and the way to salvation
Shivaratri occurs on the 12th of every month, on average. For your convenience, we at
AstroVed have compiled a list of these monthly Shivaratris and presented it on our
website throughout the year, including Maha Shivaratri. Please take the time to look
over the calendar, find the appropriate austerities to perform on those dates and
make earnest prayers to Lord Shiva for the benefit of your life.
Niyam Masik Shivratri
After some quiet reflection and a refreshing shower, you'll be ready to make a solemn
commitment to fast and devote yourself to worship. When praying, maintain a Pradosh Kaal
frame of mind at all times.
In the Shiva puja, offer Jalabhishek and Belpatra, also known as Datura. They hold the
utmost importance for Bholenath.
Lord Shiva's passion for Belpatra must be driving him bonkers. By doing so, he can keep
his cool and fulfil the wishes of his followers.
After performing a Jal Abhishek, devotees can present Shiva with various offerings,
including a tika made of sandalwood, datura, kanail, bhang belpatra, etc. According to
the Vedas, blue and white flowers are Lord Shiva's favourites.
Throughout the puja, recite the 108 Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, "Om Trimbakam Yajamhe
Sugandhhim Praptivardhanam," and chant the mantra "Om Namah Shivaya" repeatedly.
Bandhananmrityurmukshya Mamritat of Urvarukmiva Uses the mantra as a mental mantra to