The Hindu festival of Maha Shivratri is observed yearly on special day the God Shiva married to the Goddess Parvati as per mythology. This Maha Shivratri is called as Shivratri (Great Night of Lord Shiva) which celebrated as the God Shiva and Shakti wedding. The legends reference that holy festival of Lord Shiva with light on his greatness and the supreme power of Hindu religion people. Shivaratri remembers the holy night when ‘Tandava’ dance was performed by the God Shiva. The festival falls on the month ‘Maagha’ of Hindu calendar and it coincides with February or March month Christian calendar.
From the Maha Shivratri day the Shiva Pooja was initiated by the Hindu devotees. As per faith, the creation of earth was completed by Lord Shiva. Also Maha Shivratri day is related to wedding day of the Lord Shiva and his wife Shakti. There are twelve Jyotirlingas which are more sacred shrines to the God Shiva for holy place of his worship by pilgrims.
The most famous Jyotirlingas Shiva Temples are in India tourist guides are given.
- Somanath in Saurashtra, Gujarat
- Mallikarjuna Swami, Andhra Pradesh
- Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
- Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh
- Bhimashankar, Maharashtra
- Kashi Vishwanath in Vanaras, Uttar Pradesh
- Kedarnath in Uttarakhand
- Trimbakeshwar, Near Nashik, Maharashtra
- Vaidyanath Temple, Parli, Jharkhand
- Nageshvara Temple, Dwaraka, Gujarat
- Rameshwar in Sethubandh, Tamil Nadu
- Grishneshwar in Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Celebration of Maha Shivratri
On the festival of Shivratri, offering of Bael leaves to Lord Shiva at the temple and one day fasting for the God Shiva. There is a ‘Jagaran’ at the night where the devotees pray with ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ mantra of Shiva. The worship is to get boons of Yoga and meditation for better life with good steadily. Early morning the debotees go to the Shiva temples to worship the traditional Shivalinga puja with family members. All the pilgrims have clean clothing for holy bath with pots of water to bathe the Shiva. This is process of purification which is compulsory for every Hindu festival.
The Shiva temples are sound of Bells and chants of ‘Jai Shiva Shankerji’. The worshipers circulate seven times around the Lingam and then pour water or milk over it. Woodapple or Bel leaves are given to the Shiva for purification of the soul of human. Then Vermilion paste is added to the Shiva Linga with fruits. Lighting of the Diya or Lamp is done for marking satisfaction pleasures. All the family members, relatives and friends celebrate with full of joy.
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