Maha Shivratri holds a lot of significance for millions of devotees of Lord Shiva in India and abroad. Celebrated on 14th night of the new moon during the month of Phalguna, Maha Shivratri is one of the auspicious Hindu festivals. On this pious festival, devotees offer special prayers to Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction. The festival holds a lot of significance according to the Hindu mythology.
On Maha Shivratri, devotees get up early in the morning and rush to temples to offer special prayers, milk, coconut, fruits, flowers, honey and other items of the lord Shiva. They also perform traditional Shivalinga puja on the occasion. They observe fast on this day.
Many devotees also go on pilgrimages, visit shrines and take a sun bath on this auspicious occasion. While there are many mythological stories behind celebration of Maha Shivratri, it is widely celebrated for mark the marriage ceremony of the lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. At the same time, many people also believe that it is on this day when the lord Shiva performed ‘tandava’ the dance which led to creation of the universe.
Not only is Maha Shivratri celebrated across India but also in Nepal and other countries. Women devotees observe fast and pray to lord Shiva for a blissful, long and prosperous married life.
On this auspicious occasion, devotees also prepare sweets made of dry fruits and distribute them among their friends and family members. Whether it is mithai or chikkis, people enjoy having sweets on Maha Shivratri, especially the one made of dry fruits like cashew nuts, pistachios, almonds and other nuts. Not only, this person also prepares and has thandai on Maha Shivratri as legend has it that thandai was lord Shiva’s favorite drink. Thandai is also made suing dry fruits, especially almonds. The drink is not only tasty but also healthy. Just like sweets, one can also make thandai at home and enjoy with friends and family members.
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