Maha Shivaratri 2022 Puja & Vrat Bhang, Thandai
Maha Shivratri falls on the date of 1st of March, it is celebrated on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of the Magh month according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar. Maha shivaratri is considered to be the most propitious festival commemorated every year in Hinduism. Shivratri is marked every month in the Hindu calendar according to Drik Panchang but Mahashivratri comes only once a year. It is an auspicious festival celebrated in the tribute of the greatest deity amongst all, the Shiva.
Maha shivaratri marks the end of winter and the embarkment of the Spring season. The festival also signifies overcoming and fighting against the darkness and ignorance in one’s life and to start one’s life from a new phase. There are various stories associated with the celebration of the divine day of Shiva.
According to many of the Hindu convictions, it is believed that on the day of Mahashivratri, The lord Mahadev and Goddess Parvati were married. When closely looked upon precisely the word Mahashivratri is transcribed as the great night of Lord Shiva. The night of Mahashivtra is considered to be an integration of Shiv and Shakti in its greatest incarnations. According to many religious scholars and Hindu mythology, it is believed that on the night of Mahashivratri Lord Shiv perform his cosmic fierce dance, Tandav signifying formulation, conservation, and destruction.
People worship and observe fasts on this day marking their devotion and adherence towards the almighty according to their respective beliefs and faiths.
Another story pertaining to this day dates back to the religious event of history i.e Samudra Manthan. It is speculated and believed that during Samudra Manthan a vessel of poison emerged from within the ocean which scared all the godheads and demons, thus Lord Shiva came and drank all the poison saving rescuing the universe.
Maha Shivaratri 2022, Date, Time Puja & Vrat
This year the festival falls on the day of 1st of March on Tuesday. According to Drik Panchang, below mentioned are the divine timings for the worship.
Nishitha Kaal Puja time- 12:8 to 12:58 a.m
Shivaratri Parana Time: 6:45 am, March 2
Ratri First Prahar Puja Time: 6:21 pm to 9:27 pm
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time: 9:27 pm to 12:33 am, March 2
Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time: 12:33 am to 3:39 am, March 2
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time: 3:39 am to 6:45 am, March 2
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins: 3:16 am, March 1
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends: 1:00 am, March 02
In the province of Jammu And Kashmir, Maha shivaratri is known as Herath by a whole community of Kashmiri pandits which collectively celebrate the wedding of Maa Parvati and Lord Shiva. Pundits advise the devotees on this day to take an early bath during Brahma Muhurat and pray with ultimate piousness and offer prayings to Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva is the epitome of mindfulness whereas Goddess Parvati is the paragon of Nature. Thus the convergence of both the deities on this day glorifies the inception of a new journey of life that is about to unfold.
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