Feb 28, Arshiya Khatoon: Maha Shivratri is a very auspicious Hindu festival. It is celebrated according to Hindu calendar, every year on 14th day of Krishna Paksha in the month of phalguna. This festival is also known as ‘Shivratri’ which means ‘Great Night of Lord Shiva.’
It is a religious festival and celebrated with enthusiasm especially by all the devotees of Lord Shiva To please Lord Shiva all the devotees on Maha Shivratri visit temples to offer prayers. Like every year, Mahashivratri 2014 is celebrated today on (Thursday, February 27). All the Shiv temples are decorated with colourful lights and flowers in different ways.
According to Vedas and Puranas, on this night while churning the great mythological river known as Samudra Manthan, a pot filled with poison emerged out of the ocean. With this all gods and the demons got terrified as this poison could destroy the whole world. Immediately all of them ran to Lord Shiva for help. In order to save the world he drank the deadly poison, but instead of swallowing it he held it in his throat. Since then he was known as Nilkantha as his throat turned blue. Maha Shivratri is celebrated in occasion of this event as Lord Shiva saved the world.
One more reason said is that God Sadashiv appeared exactly at midnight in the form of “Lingodbhav Moorti” on Maha Shivratri. For this reason many Shiva devotees keep vigil whole night and do “Shivlingam abhishekham at midnight.
Maha Shivratri is auspicious festival especially for women. All the married women pray for their husband’s well being and children, mean while unmarried girls pray for an ideal husband just like Lord Shiva, who is a great spouse of Parvati, Kali, and Durga.