Though we have monthly Shivratri, Maha Shivratri has greater significance. It is celebrated on the 6th night of the dark Phalgun (Feb or March) every year. This year Maha Shivrari falls on 24th Feb 2017. It is believed that for all these year Lord Shiva protect us by sacrificing his sleep and hence to thank the lord, the devotees dedicate this auspicious day to lord Shiva by sacrificing the sleep the whole night and perform poojas for lord Shiva. As per Hindu Mythology a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha.

    Worshiping Lord Shiva on this day, will help us get the blessing of Trimoorthy - Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva. We need to worship lord Shiva by visiting the temple and also chant Shiva Puranam on this holy day to get the blessings of lord. There are many slokas for lord shiva, Lingashtagam is the most divine.

    There are many stories about why we celebrate Maha Shivrathri. Some of the stories are given below.

    Lord Shiva appeared as a pillar of fire before Brahma and Vishnu when they fought each other as "who is the greatest". This day is Thirukarthikai. Brahma and Vishu realized their mistake and prayed to Lord Shiva for forgiving their sin. In the night of Shivarathri lord Shiva appeared before them and blessed them.

    Long long ago, it is believed that world came to an end and during that dark day, goddess Parvathy Devi did Pooja's and prayed to Lord Shiva to seek his blessings. In remembrance of that day, Maha Shivarathiri is celebrated every year. So the devotees who pray to god like Parvathi Devi on this day will get all happiness when they live and after their life, they will reach lord Shiva and there is no re-birth for them. This is a belief.

    On this auspicious day, devotees should chant the following holy names of Lord Shiva to get his blessings
    Om Bavaya Namaha
    Om Sarvaya Namaha
    Om Rudhraya Namaha
    Om Paupathaye Namaha
    Om Ukraya Namaha
    Om Mahadevaya Namaha
    Om Bheemaya Namaha
    Om Isanaya Namaha

    Throughout the night of Shivarathri the Poojas are performed in the Shiva temple. Devotees should fast for the whole day and take part in poojas and pray the god throughout the night by performing abhisheka, chanting and other holy deeds through out the night without sleep. In the early morning they should take a bath and perform an "Annadhanam" and pray Shiva to get gods blessing. Devotees who cannot do a full fasting, can cook Sakkaravelli kizhangu and mix it with sugar and eat once during the day.

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    Maha Sivarathri is celebrated on the Charurdasi day of கிருஷ்ண பக்ஷம் (தேய் பிறை) during the month of Magha. or மாசி. Masashivarathri happens every month on the same thithi as above.

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