Masik Shivratri is a Hindu Festival observed monthly to pay reverence to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Most of us are not aware that Shivratri is observed on Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi every month of the year. Devotees observed fast during Masik Shivratri and visit the temple to worship Lord Shiva.
|Masik Shivratri 2021 Dates|
|Pausha Shivratri||Monday, 11 January|
|Magha Shivratri||Wednesday, 10 February|
|Thursday, 11 March|
|Chaitra Shivratri||Saturday, 10 April|
|Vaishakha Shivratri||Sunday, 09 May|
|Jyeshtha Shivratri||Tuesday, 08 June|
|Ashadha Shivratri||Thursday, 08 July|
|Shravana Shivratri||Friday, 06 August|
|Bhadrapada Shivratri||Sunday, 05 September|
|Ashwina Shivratri||Monday, 04 October|
|Kartika Shivratri||Wednesday, 03 November|
|Margashirsha Shivratri||Thursday, 02 December|
As per the Hindu calendar, Masik Shivaratri which is observed on Phalguni Month is famed as MahaShivratri. On Shivratri, Lord Shiva was incarnated into one of its exemplary manifestations (avatars)-Shivlingam (Shivlinga). Let’s now discuss the importance of Lord Shiva’s Divine Nights.
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The complete worship method of this vrat is dedicated to Lord Siva. You should first wake up early and take a bath.
- Wake up early in the morning, take bath, and wear clean clothes.
- After cleaning the temple of the house, sanctify it with Gangajal.
- Light a lamp in front of the idol of Lord Shiva and take a vow of Masik Shivaratri.
- Worship both Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. Meditate & listen to the Vrat Katha.
- If possible, chant one rosary "Om Namah Shivay".
- Offer Prasad to Lord Bholenath & perform aarti.
- Whenever possible chant the Lord throughout the day, meditate in his devotion.
Food is not consumed during the fast of Monthly Shivaratri. Fruits can be taken in the evening. But this fast should be broken on the next day.
Once there was an argument on- who the superior is amongst the gods- Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. All of a sudden, a sturdy pillar of blaze appeared in the middle of the conversation. However, the origin edge of the pillar couldn’t be detected. Therefore, they agreed on a part that whosoever found the end of the pole would declare to be the most powerful.
Simultaneously, Lord Brahma winged up as a large water-bird Swan to observe the top of the pillar whilst Lord Vishnu took a shape of an uncastrated domestic male pig-boar to explore the pole bottom. Unfortunately, no one found either end even after putting in numerous efforts. Despite it, Lord Brahma lied that he had seen the top. After listening to this, Lord Shiva appeared and babbled out the truth that it was he who has been manifested as the pillar in front of them. As a punishment, Lord Shiva cursed Lord Brahma that he would never be worshipped by the devotees and there would never be any temple with his name on earth.
It is believed that it is very easy to please Lord Shiva on Masik Shivaratri. This vrat is said to be very auspicious and fruitful. By observing this vrat; you never get into any trouble and all his wishes also get fulfilled.