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Maha Shivratri: Know All About The 'Night Of Shiva'

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| February 13 , 2018 , 13:46 IST

Maha Shivratri considered to be the "night of Shiva" holds a lot of significance in Hindu mythology. It comes once in a year, just before the entry of Spring season in the months of February or March. The exact date changes each year as it is identified based on the lunar timetable. This year, Maha Shivratri begins on February 13, Tuesday, and will be continuing until February 14.

Maha Shivratri is one of the most divine festivals in India, and it is commonly believed that those who observe the day with sincerity and devotion are forgiven of all their sins.

There are a few beliefs people hold on the meaning of Maha Shivratri. As believed by some states, Maha Shivaratri was the day when Shiva drank poisonous negativity to protect the world, while others believe that it is the night when Shiva performs the glorious dance of creation, conservation and destruction, while some believe this is the night when Shiva and Parvati got married.

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On Shivratri, devotees observe fast and chant shlokas. They additionally go to the divine temples of Lord Shiva and traditionally offer milk, water, bel leaves (three leaves stalked in one) and fruits to the Shivalingam. Worshippers begin the day with a dip in the holy river of Ganga.

On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, the major Jyotirlinga of India (in Varanasi and Somnatha) are frequently visited by the Shiva devotees. It is additionally celebrated in other Shiva temples of India in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, wishes for a Happy Shivratri were shared on Twitter.