Maha Shivratri Puja is performed for one of the most ardently revered and a supreme Hindu deity – Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva, as a part of the Holy Trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, plays a role of a transformer, to keep the universal life in balance. Mahashivratri is celebrated as a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva, who exemplifies perfection, balance, yoga, meditation and spiritual growth. As per Vedic Purana, Brahmins worship him for knowledge and moksha; Kshatriyas for honour and bravery; Vaishyas or traders worship him for prosperity; and Shudras worshipped him for a better fulfilled life. It is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri bestows all of the above and free our souls from the miseries of the world.
The name, Mahashivratri, itself translates to – ‘The Night of Shiva’. As per a legend, it is on this day that Shiva appeared in the Linga form. It is also believed that Shiva and Shakti, i.e. Parvati, united together on this auspicious day. Parvati had observed hard core penance for a number of years before she could have Shiva as her husband. Hence, this day is considered auspicious when unmarried women observe a rigorous fast to find a life-partner. Mahashivratri is also observed to remember Lord’s Shiva’s selfless sacrifice during Samudra Manthan, when he gulped a pot full of poison to save the Trilokas.
Lord Shiva represents a perfect balance between material and spiritual world. Similarly every human possesses both, Tamas Guna(inertia) and Rajas Guna(passionate quality). It is believed that observing Mahashivratri Vrat enables a person to control both tendencies from swaying to extreme, thus safeguarding from extreme inertia and extreme passionate or negative thoughts like lust, jealousy, anger, spite etc. Also as per Vedas, spiritual energies generated by planetary movements are at the highest on Mahashivratri and hence prayers offered to Supreme god are bound to have a profound impact on this day.
Performing a Maha Shivaratri Puja and Vrat can help attain moksha from worldly ties and trials of life. It is also believed that observing Maha Shivratri Vrat can result in a happy and blessed life for married women and also help single women find a desirable life-partner.
Some of the others benefits come from chanting Shiva Mantra and performing puja rituals.
Maha shivratri Puja Vidhi requires devotees to follow a strict fast – Mahashivratri Vrat that should begin with and last till the end of Chaturdashi tithi.
Maha Shivratri Puja can be performed through the day. The one that is performed in the night is known as Nishita Kaal Puja. Devotees can perform this puja during any of the four Prahars of the night. Some of the staunch Shiv Bhakts perform four different pujas during each of these four Prahars.
Nishita Kaal Puja Muhurat is between 00.06 till 00.56 on 8th March 2016. Muhurats for carrying out four Pujas at different Prahars are
1st Prahar -18.21 - 21.26
2nd Prahar -21.26 - 00.31
3rd Prahar -00.31 - 03.36
4th Prahar -03.36 – 06.42
Chaturdashi Tithi starts on 7th March 2016 at 13.20 and finishes on 8th Mar 2016 at 10.34 am. The devotees can break the fast on 8th March after the fourth Prahar, between 06.42-10.34 am.
There are few mantras which are said to appease Lord Shiva. Some Mantras even wards off all the diseases and keeps tragedy at bay.
Brings universal peace and spiritual enlightening to the soul
Helps cure terminal diseases, spiritual awakening, rids the soul from the on-going trials of life and death cycle.
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