Today the whole world joins to celebrate the Mahashivaratri. But do many of us know why Mahashivaratri is being celebrated?
The scriptures cite that Lord Shiva is happiest the most on the 14th day of the fortnight in the month of Phalgun. On this day all devotees observe a fast day and night and give Lord Shiva a sacred bath. Lord Shiva is pampered with honey, milk, water , sandal etc.
Why Shivaratri is auspicious?Hindus believe that on this day, one is liberated from the cycle of birth and death and attains salvation. On his life journey, Shiva excuses him of all his sins committed and that while the devotee passes away, he is directly taken by Shiva to his abode , which is heaven and takes care of him there.
On this day, we find many women praying hard to Shiva while some of them even undergo a fast for the day. Ever wondered why? Married and unmarried women observe fast and perform Shiva Puja with sincerity to appease Goddess Parvati who is also regarded as ‘Gaura’ - one who bestows marital bliss and long and prosperous married life. Unmarried women also pray for a husband like Lord Shiva who is regarded as the ideal husband. The essential belief underlying the ceremonial of the Mahashivaratri appears to be to emphasize the fact that death is sure to follow birth, night is sure to follow day and consequently people should always bear in mind while enjoying the one its opposite and regulate their life accordingly, they should not be elated at success nor should they allow themselves to be carried away by despair at failures but always have trust in God and worship him.
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