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Maha Shivaratri

A significant celebration for the Hindu believers, Maha Shivaratri is an annual festival which takes place on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of ‘Phalgun’.  During this jubilant function held in honour of Lord Shiva, the deity is exalted and worshipped in a ceremonial manner by the believers.

There are several stories relating to Lord Shiva in the sacred books that render him worthy of worship and adoration on this day.  One most commonly told of accounts are of Lord Shiva’s bravery. 

During the period of war between gods and demons, a toxic poison came out of the ocean and brought fear upon both gods and demons.  Lord Shiva out of compassion for the others drank the poison and retained it in his throat with a snake tied around his neck.  In order to keep Lord Shiva from falling asleep, the other gods entertained him all night with song and dance.  This made Lord Shiva extremely happy that he promised that those who celebrated him on this day would also be blessed as the gods were on that day.  This led the way for Maha Shivaratri celebrations to take place in the night, in memory of Lord Shiva’s promise.

On this sacred day, Hindus refrain from consuming any other type of food and beverage except for milk and fruits.  They perform elaborate rituals of worship complete with chants and hymns in veneration to Lord Shiva.  During this celebration, Hindus find ways to express gratitude to this deity for what he has done for them and for all the blessings he has blessed them with. 

Commemorated with much reverence, the Maha Shivaratri celebrations reflect the richness and vibrancy of the Hindu culture.  An event celebrated with much enthusiasm, Maha Shivaratri is a spectacular festival to witness.

Date and Time

Feb 14, 2018
12:00am
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Location

Islandwide

Type

Cultural and Religious

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