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Mahashivaratri Celebration In India: Pious Worship of Lord Shiva

Sivasagar,Prangan Duarah: With a population of 1.31 billion composed with many a race and religions, India is never short of festivals and celebration. There are numerous India religious and non-religious festival celebrated throughout the year, which makes India on of the countries with highest number of religious and non-religious celebrations and holidays.

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“Mahashivaratri”, which means the “the great night of Shiva”is a Hindu festival celebrated annuallyin the month of February or March as per Christian calendar.As per Amavasya-ant month calculation the day is Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of Hindu calendar month “Maagha”andAs per Poornima-ant month calculation, the day is Krishna PakshaTrayodashi or Chaturdashi of Hindu calendar month “Phalguna”.  In a year there are usually twelve Sivarati days, among Mahasivaratri is the holiest one. Shiva, who is also known asMahadeva,Bholenath, Pasupati, Nataraj, Viswanath,is considered beingthe most powerful god of Hindu. Festival of Mahashivaratri is the most auspicious festival for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva.Mahashivaratri is celebrated by millions of people not only in India but elsewhere also where Hindu live. Mahashivaratri is of great significance and importance. It is believed that god Shiva was married to goddess Parvati on the day of Mahashivaratri. It is also considered to be the favorite day of lord Shiva. When Parvati asked Lord Shiva about his favoritedevotees and rituals after the creation of earth, The Lord replied that the 14th night of the new moon, in the dark fortnight during the month of Phalgun, is his favorite day. Even till date, it is considered to be an extremely significant day by devotees of lord Shiva. According to the Puranas, during the great mythical churning of the ocean called SamudraManthan, a pot of poison emerged from the ocean.Lord Shiva became “Neelkantham”, which means blue-throated by swallowing that deadly poison to save the universe. Therefore Mahashivaratri is also a day of thanksgiving to the Lord for protecting us from destruction.

All the devotees of Shiva who live in Assam, follows the Mahashivaratri occasion with the enthusiasm and great zeal. At many places this festival lasts till 2 or 3 days. If we talk about the places within Assam in order to celebrate Mahashivaratri then these are Umanada temple, a shiva temple located at the Peacock Island in the middle of river Brahmaputra in Guwahati and shivadol (shiva temple) of Sivasagar, One of the tallest Shivatemples in the world.During the time of MahashivaratriLarge numbers of Shiva devotees from across the India come to visit to this most popular temple.On the day of mahashivaratri, the sound of bells and chanting “omnamahshivaya” reverberate in the temple premises. Traditionally Bel leaves are used for Shiva puja. On the day of Mahashivaratri a special bath is given to the “Shiva lingam”, the symbol of Shiva with water, milk and honey.

Mahashivaratri 2016 would be celebrated all over India as well as abroad by the Devotees of Lord Shiva on 7th of March, at Monday. May lord Shiva shower her divine blessing on you in this holy night of Mahashivaratri. Hope this Mahashivaratri brings peace to the world.

This festival marks Lord Shiva’s marriage to Goddess Parvati. On this special occasion, women keep fast. Shivaratri fast is considered to be the most important fast for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Shiva Purana goes on to say that if a devotee observes Shivaratri Vrata with sincerity, pure devotion and love he is blessed with the divine grace of Lord Shiva. Every year devotees observe Maha Shivaratri fast with devotion and sincerity. Though many go on a diet of fruits and milk, some do not consume even a drop of water all through the day and night of Shivaratri Festival.

Here are some messages that you can send to your family and friends to commemorate the festival:
1. On this auspicious occasion, may the blessings of Shiva Shankar be with all of you. May his glorious divine and merciful attributes remind us of our own abilities and strive to lift ourselves to heights. Happy Shivaratri
2. On this pious occasion of Maha Shivaratri, many many greetings to all of you. May Lord Shiva shower on you his blessings with happiness, prosperity & peace.
3. “Lokaha Samasthah Sukhino Bhavanto” – Oh Lord of the Lords grant peace and prosperity to the entire mankind. Show the correct and right path to each & every human being in this universe.
4. May Lord Shiva shower blessings on all and give power and strength to everyone facing difficulties in their lives.
5. May the glory of divine Shiva light up your day! Happy Maha Shivaratri
6. Let’s spend the night of Maha Shivaratri by chanting the holy name of Shiva. Happy Maha Shivaratri
7. May the glory of Shiva banish all your pain and suffering. Happy Maha Shivaratri

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