Mumbai: Today is March 11, Maha Shivaratri. Maha Shivaratri is the most significant Hindu festival to celebrate the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti.
On this auspicious day, the devotees fast all day on the thirteenth and pray on the next day i.e. on the fourteenth. Puja, Yajna and Jagran are performed.
According to religious beliefs, worshiping Volenath on the day of Mahashivratri frees one from all misery and fills one’s mind. On this day, devotees can please Bholenath by worshiping him along with Goddess Parvati.
It is said that if one worships Mahadev at the time of Pradosh Kal or Shubh, the blessings of Mahadev can be obtained.
Learn about the rules of worship, moments and other details of the day here:
Great Shivaratri Happy Moment –
Date of Great Shivaratri Fasting: March 11, 2021
The fourteenth date begins: 11 March at 2.39 pm
The fourteenth date ends: 12 March at 3.02 pm
The time of first noon puja at night – 06:27 PM to 09:29 PM 12 March
Night 2nd Puja Puja time – 12 March night 09:29 PM to 12:31 AM
Night 3rd Puja Puja – 12:31 AM to 03:32 AM, 12 March
Fourth noon worship time – 03:32 AM to 06:34 AM, 12 March
Mahashivaratri Brat Puja Bidhan –
The Maha Shivaratri vows will begin on the thirteenth day with the intention that the whole day of fasting be observed without any hindrance. Devotees worship before ending their fast and seek blessings from Lord Shiva.
According to Hindu scriptures, Maha Shivaratri puja is performed four times on the night of Chaturdashi. These four times are also known as char mountains and it is believed that the worshiper at this time frees the person from his past sins and blesses him with salvation.
Shiva puja is obligatory only at night and should be performed after sunrise the next day before the end of the fourteenth day. Devotees chant ‘Om Namah Shivay’ 108 times during Puja.
Maha Shivaratri is also known as the day when Shiva was united with Shakti. In many parts of northern India, devotees also perform Shiva-Parvati wedding jhanki or procession. It was believed that Goddess Parvati was the incarnation of Goddess Sati.