Maha Shivratri 2018: Date, importance and significance of the festival
A large number of devotees thronged temples across India on the occasion of Mahashivratri. The Hindu festival of Maha Shivratri is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva.
When it is celebrated
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in the month of Phalguna (February - March) before the arrival of the new moon.
Importance of Maha Shivaratri?
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. ... It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing Yoga, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, noninjury to others, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva.
Story behind Maha Shivratri?
As per the Hindu calendar, Shivratri is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the festival owes its origins to several versions, one of them being a celebration of Shiva and Parvati's marriage to each other.
What is eaten at the celebration?
Many people observe a fast on this day. Many people eat simple foods such as milk, yogurt, fruit, cashews and honey. While some can consume Kheer of Sabudana, Ramdana, Rajgira puri, and Vrat ka halwa.