Mahashivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated across the country to worship Lord Shiva, also called the “destroyer of evil”. Mahashivaratri is a festival which marks the beginning of spring. This major festival, also known as “the great night of Shiva”, celebrates the overcoming of darkness and ignorance.
Maha Shivratri or Mahashivratri is celebrated by chanting prayers, fasting, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva. Many devotees stay up all night, while some others visit Shiv temples or go on pilgrimages.
Devotee usually heads Jyotirlingam Shiv temples on this day to pray. The Jyotirlinga Shiva temples in Varanasi and Somanatha are the most common sites of pilgrimage on Maha Shivaratri. Often, fairs and special events are also held around these temples.
Every year, before the beginning of summer, in the Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar (late winter somewhere in February/March), the 13th night and the 14th day is celebrated as Maha Shivaratri.
While the origin of the festival is not known, legend has it that Maha Shivaratri was the day when Shiv drank poisonous to protect the world. Some believe that Mahashivaratri is the night when Lord Shiv performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation, and destruction, while others believe that this is the night when Lord Shiv got married to Goddess Parvati.
Kapalin wishes you all a very Happy & Prosperous Maha Shivratri. May the glory of Lord Shiva uplift your soul & banish all your troubles.