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Maha Shivaratri – A Festival of honoring of God Shiva

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There are so many stories and legends describing the origin of this festival . Maha Shivaratri is celebrated as the day when the god Shiva saved the world from the poison that emerged from the ocean during the Samudra Manthan. Some stories told that Lord Shiva drank the poison and stored it in his throat and after that his throat became blue, which is why we call him “Neelkanth”. Shivaratri is the celebration of this event by which Shiva saved the world.

Lets talk about Samudra Manthan. According to Bhagavata Purana, Mahabharata and Vishnu Purana when everybody was waiting for the Amrit to come up  from the ocean, poison came up from the ocean and everybody was scared at that time that now who will drink that poison then to protect the world from that poison, Lord Shiva drank that poison at that time but he held it in his throat not swallowing it so his throat became blue after drinking that poison and due to this we call him Neelkanth.

According to a concept in Hinduism , we have Brahma the creator, Vishnu the Maintiner or preserver and Shiva the destroyer and transformer.

Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. Its very important festival of Hindus. It means the great night of Shiva. It is largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. It is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. People observe fast whole day on shivaratri and peoples praises lord shiva in all the temples. Un-Married girls are worshiping Lord Shiva for getting a nice Husband.

All through the day, the devotees keep severe fast, chant the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya”, and make offerings of flowers and ringing the temple bells.  Everybody broke their fast only the next morning, after the nightlong worship.

According to the other story in Shiva Purana, Once the two of hindu Gods, Brahma and Vishnu were fighting over who was the superior of the two. The other gods were veey afraid at that time with this incident so they all went to Shiva to intervene. To make them realize that how pointless is this fight, Shiva assumed the form of  huge column of fire between them and at the end he punished Brahma for this and Shiva first manifested himself in the form of a Linga, this day is celebrated as Maha Shivaratri.

There are some popular names for Shiva. They are as follows:

  • Neelkanth
  • Bholenath, Kind-hearted Lord
  • Bhairav,  Destroyer of fear.
  • Aashutosh, one who fulfills wishes instantly.
  • Shiva
  • Mratyunjaya Maha Kaleshwar
  • Mahadev
  • Bhagwan Shankar
  • Kailashadhipati
  • Nataraja, King of the art of dancing.
  • Parameshwara, First among all gods.
  • Omkara, Creator of OM
  • Girijapati, Consort of Girija
  • shubhankar, a person that is adopted by a team or other group as a symbolic figure.
  • Veerabhadra, Supreme Lord of the Nether World

There are so many other names we have for Lord shiva.

So Happy Maha Shivaratri to all readers of this blog. Stay Healthy and blessed.

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