This year, on the 14th night of the waning moon,the dark moon night before the new moon, this 2nd of March, Mahashivaratri is celebrated throughout India, Nepal and the world by devotees of Shiva. Mahashivaratri means "the great night of Shiva". There are a number of legends connected with the origin of Shivaratri- one such is that Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva were married on this day. The divine union of male and female in the Cosmos.
On this day devotees aim to please Shiva through fasting and prayer. The main prayers are usually conducted during the night at temples of Shiva. Every three hours devotees worship Lord Shiva in the inner sanctum of the temple in the form of a Lingam which is bathed with milk, ghee, honey, curd, rose water, bilva leaves etc at auspicious hours.
|Adorned Shiva Lingam|