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Lord Shiva is also known as "Mahadeva" by the devotees, In Shaivism tradition, Shiva is the supreme being who creates, protects and transforms the universe.
The highest form of Shiva is formless, limitless, transcendent and unchanging absolute Brahman, and the primal Atman (soul, self) of the universe. In his fierce aspects, he has often depicted slaying demons.
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of Lord Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month's 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March, or Phalguna) and before the arrival of Summer, marks Maha Shivaratri which means "the Great Night of Shiva".
In Kashmir Shaivism, the festival is called Herath and regarded as the most important festival of the community.
Maha Shivaratri is an annual festival dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is particularly important in the Shaivism tradition of Hinduism.
The Maha Shivaratri is a solemn event notable for its introspective focus, fasting, a meditation on Shiva, self-study, social harmony and an all-night vigil at Shiva temples.
The celebration includes maintaining a "jaagaran", an all-night vigil and prayers, because of Shaiva Hindus mark this night as "overcoming darkness and ignorance" in one's life and the world through Shiva.
Devotees Offer fruits, leaves, sweets, and milk to Shiva are made, some perform all-day fasting with Vedic or tantric worship of Shiva, and some perform meditative Yoga. In Shiva temples, "Om Namah Shivaya", the sacred mantra of Shiva, is chanted through the day.
Let’s take a look on known lord shiva Famous temple:
Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur
Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram
Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar
Kotilingeshwara Temple, Kotilingeshwara
Daksheswara Mahadev Temple, Uttarakhand
Murudeshwara Temple, Murudeshwara
Pashupatinath Temple, Mandsaur
Tungnath Temple, Uttarakhand
Natarajar Temple, Tamil Nadu
Bhojpur Shiva Temple, Bhopal
Kailashnath Temple, Ellora