Maha Shivaratri 2018: India is all set to celebrate Maha Shivaratri festival which is Mainly celebrated by the Hindus to overcome darkness and ignorance. As part of the celebration, people fast, visit Shiva temples, chant Vedic hymns and the scriptures of the God. Taking a holy dip in rivers at pilgrim destinations is a common sight in North India.
Lord Shiva saved the whole world from its evil effects, Shiva drank the deathly poison but held it in his throat instead of swallowing it. This made his throat turn blue, and he was given the name Neelakantha, the blue-throated one. Shivaratri is the celebration of this event by which Shiva saved the world. It is believed that Hindu devotees stay awake all night to give company to God Shiva, who was not supposed to fall sleep after drinking the ocean poison after Samudra Manthan.
It is also believed that that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on Maha Shivaratri. The day is considered auspicious for women. They fast and pray to the Lord to get blessed with blissful married life, while unmarried women would pray for an ideal husband like Shiva.
Here’s taking a look at the Maha Shivaratri 2018 Puja Timings, Tithi and Vidhi:
Maha Shivaratri 2018 Tithi:
According to Drikpanchang.com, the Chaturdashi Tithi begins at 10:34 PM on February 13th and ends at 00:46 AM on February 15th.
Maha Shivaratri 2018 Puja Timings:
The best time to do Puja on Mahashivaratri is known as the Nishikant Kaal Puja. This is that time when Lord Shiva is believed to have appeared on earth in the form of a Shiva Linga. This year, the Nishita Kaal Puja time is between 12:09 AM to 01:01 AM. The puja duration is spread over 51 minutes only.
Maha Shivaratri 2018 Prahar timings:
First Prahar Puja Time = 6:05 PM to 9:20 PM (Feb 13th)
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time = 9:20 PM to 12:35 AM.
Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time = 12.25 AM to 3.49 AM.
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time = 3.49 AM to 7.04 AM.
Mahashivratri 2018 Puja Vidhi
The practice of fasting on Mahashivratri is an old one, but the way the fast is performed has changed with time. Early on the morning of the main day, devotees visit a nearby Shiva temple after bathing and do the darshan or the witnessing of the idol to seek blessings. The visit gets over before noon as after that temples are shut for the evening darshan. The next day, an abhishek is performed on Shiva idols in the temple. The abhishek is performed using different ingredients including milk, rose water, sandalwood paste, yogurt, honey, ghee, sugar, and water.
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