MahaShivratri is a Sanatan Dharma (Hindu) festival celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva. This festival is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world.
The day is observed by remembering and chanting mantras of shiva. People keep fast, meditate on this auspicious day.
Most of the Hindu festival are celebrated during the day, the Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at night. Furthermore, unlike most Hindu festivals which include expression of cultural revelry, the Maha Shivaratri is a solemn event notable for its introspective focus, fasting, meditation on Shiva, self study, social harmony and an all night vigil at Shiva temples.
People offer fruits, leaves, sweets and milk to Lord Shiva on maha shivratri.
Why is Shivratri celebrated
There are many legends describing the significance of maha shivratri. The most popular legend is maha shivratri is day of marriage between Lord shiva and parvati.
Another legend of maha shivratri is that on this day Shiva drank poisonous negativity to protect the world.
According to one legend in the Shaivism tradition, this is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction.
Mantras to impress Lord Shiva
ॐ नमो भगवते रूद्राय ।
Om Namo Bhagwate Rudraay ( Recite it 108 Times)
ॐ नमः शिवाय।
Om Namah Shivaay (Recite it 108 Times)
ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात ।
Om Tatpurushaay Vidmahe Vidmahe Mahadevaay Deemahi Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat (Recite it 108 Times)
करचरणकृतं वाक् कायजं कर्मजं वा श्रवणनयनजं वा मानसंवापराधं । विहितं विहितं वा सर्व मेतत् क्षमस्व जय जय करुणाब्धे श्री महादेव शम्भो ॥
Karcharankritam Vaa Kaayjam Karmjam Vaa Shravannayanjam Vaa Maansam Vaa Paradham | Vihitam Vihitam Vaa Sarv Metat Kshamasva Jay Jay Karunaabdhe Shree Mahadev Shambho ||
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ॥
Om Try Ambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pusstti-Vardhanam Urvaarukam-Iva Bandhanaan Mrtyor-Mukssiiya Maa-Amrtaat (Recite it 108 Times)
Har Har Mahadev