Maha Shivaratri

Literally, the “Great Night of Shiva” is celebrated every year on the new moon night in the month of Phalguna, this Hindu festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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Literally, the “Great Night of Shiva” is celebrated every year on the 13th or sometimes the 14th lunar night (thithi) in the waning or dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Maagh. This corresponds to late January early February on the solar calendar. There are many stories to explain the source of this important festival, but in essence it is a night set aside for worship and remembrance of Shiva. During this night there are elaborate pujas and abhishekas (bathing ceremonies) to the Shiva Linga that include offerings of special (Bilva) leaves. It is a day of fasting and a night of bhajans and prayer.

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