Mahashivratri 2018: What Makes Makhana Kheer A Favourite Shivratari Prasad

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Mohanji, a global spiritual leader, says there are many ways to connect to Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri and among those is to "connect to the spine and feel the breathe through the spine to the top of the head and back and operate at the energy level inside". Lord Shiva is a God of destruction and is very powerful. Dates As per the Hindu calendar, Maha Shivratri is marked on the new moon day in the month of Maagha.

Read here: Maha Shivratri 2018: Best Wishes, Messages, Whatsapp Status & Shiva Images महाशिवरात्रि Significance & How is it Celebrated? This year Mahashivratri would be celebrated on 13th February, 2018. This year the confusion had raised among the devotees that on which day the festivity will be celebrated. Last year, the festival fell on February 24.

This is one of those rare Hindu festivals where the legend of origin is not that important. Some call him Bholeshankar, Bhole baba, Shiv Shambu, Mahadev, Shambhunath, others refer to him as Ardhnarishwar, Devadideva, Kailashnath, Nataraj, Mahayogi, among others. Devotees starts praying from the mid night which continues till the next day. Lord Shiva is considered to be supreme, Paramaatman, Brahman and "the absolute" destroyer and re-producer of life. On this day, as per a legend, the first students of Shiva - the Saptrishis took to corners of the world to spread the superior knowledge on this day.

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Mahashivratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the "Tandava" and it is also believed that Lord Shiva was married to Parvati. The components of panchgavya abhishek vary from borders to customs.

On the festival, people observe a stringent fast, when they would not consume anything other than the diet formulated especially for the occasion. Yogis, aghoris and dervishes spent the day fasting and meditating in the name of Lord for wisdom and freedom from the mortal world. The chanting of hymns, the reading of Shiva scriptures and the chorus of devotees joins this cosmic dance and remembers Shiva's presence everywhere. Many women do fasting in order to honor Lord Shiva. It is the day Shiva was married to the goddess Parvati. The Shiva followers in Kashmir celebrate Shivratri as Har-ratri or Herath or Haerath. Major Indian temples in Konark, Khajuraho, Pattadakal, Modhera and Chidambaram organise annual dance festivals.

May every one of your supplications be allowed by Bhagwaan Shiva!