Maha Shivaratri is a famous Hindu festival celebrated each year in reverence of Lord Shiva. In 2018 Shivaratri would be celebrated on 14th February. MahashivaratriFestival is celebrated with devotion and religious fervour on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun. Devotees observe fast all through the day and night of Shivaratri in honour of Lord Shiva and pay a visit to Shiva temples. Ritual bath of Shiva Lingam with milk, water, honey etc is also performed by the devotees as a part of the maha shivratri tradition. Many believe that Shivaratri Festival marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. However, according to some legends, it was on the auspicious night of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’, the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction.
This is a festival celebrated all over India. This day is considered to be extremely auspicious and people who observe the maha fasting on this day are said to get freed of all their sins. The planetary positions on the night of Shivaratri are such that they can enormously benefit your spiritual and physical wellbeing when certain procedures are followed. The major festival marks overcoming darkness and ignorance in life, and as such, it is observed by remembering Shiva, changing prayers and practicing yoga, fasting and contemplating ethics and virtues of honesty, restraint, and forgiveness.