Why MahaShivratri is celebrated?
Mahashivratri in 2017 is on 24th Feb, 2017 on the day of Friday. It is celebrated on Teras, thirteenth day of Hindu Calender.
If you search on the internet, there are many tales and the stories for the reason behind celebration of Mahashivratri. Apart from many facts and files related to celebration of Mahashivratri, what I can explain is Shiva is one among the TriShakti, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
Mahesh is one name of Shiva. Shiv is also known as Mahadev, Maha + dev, greater than any deity. Different names of Shiva are Shankar, Nilkanth, Bholanath, Ashutosh, Nabhya, Chandhradhar, Kailash, Rudra and many more.
Shiv Maha Puran signifies that the fight among Brahma and Vishnu for establishment of supremacy and Shiva taking the reigns in his hands to calm down situation lead to celebration of Mahashivratri.
Some have even mentioned that Shiva went to marry Parvati with his Aghoris, skulls, snakes and demons in completely unworldly attire, which lead to celebration of Mahashivratri.
As per some other people, Shiva swallowed poison, which came out of the Ocean, because of Samudra Manthan between Dev and Daanav (Deity and demon), his throat turned out to blue color, which lead to celebration of MahaShivratri. As Shiva’s throat changed color to blue, he is also known as Nilkanth.
These are the probable reason or significance for celebration of MahaShivratri. MahaShivratri is basically a Hindu festival and very much related to inner conscious of a human.
Facts of Shiva – The God
Out of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is Palanhaar, one who helps survive and Shiva is destroyer. A significance to express the cycle of universe that, what starts has to end. So, Shiva is considered as Devo Ke Dev – Mahadev, great among all deities and god. You can never see Shiva in worldly Avatar or studded with gold like other deities, but he is the one, who signifies ultimate mirror of life and his loving relationship with his better half Parvati, signifies the real truth of life, that is pure love.
Shiva wears a tiger skin cover on his half body with Rudraksh mala and a snake wrapped around his neck. He has held Chandra, moon in his long hair and controlled the flow of the holy Ganga in his Jata (long hair). Shiva rides on Nandi.
Do we need to send wishes for MahaShivratri
Last year, I was surprised to see people sending Happy Mahashivratri messages on WhatsApp, PC, desktop, Facebook and Twitter. It came to me as a real surprise. Mahashivratri is not at all the day like any New Year or Valentine Day. It is a day of worship and being one with the creator. It is the time to take a deep into your own self and analyse, where you are as a human. It is a time of meeting of Jiv and Shiv, Jiv is you and Shiv is the supreme power.
Still, if you wish to send messages for Mahashivratri and wish the people around you then the best one is
The day of union of God and human
Take a deep inside
Meditate and love
Har Har Mahadev
Happy Mahashivratri 2017.
Sending an audio of Shiv Tandav is also a very nice way of communicating your best to your friends on the day of MahaShivratri to your friends and family. Just send the recording of Shiv Tandav and download it online.
How is Mahashivratri celebrated in India?
Preparation for Mahashivratri starts with Hindu families, quite earlier. People observe fast on MahaShivratri or have only Falaahar. There are special dishes, specially cooked on this day, made of Sabu Daana, potatoes, no salt, but Sindhav namak, only Ghee, Rajagra. In some parts having Bhaang or Thandaai on this day is mandatory.
Celebration of Shivratri starts from the previous night. In Gujarat, Ghee na Kamal of Shiv ling is created in which very beautiful picturesque creations of Shiva family, Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha are made out of pure Ghee and decorated with beautiful colors in temples.
Thandaai is distributed in temples itself. People even sit for whole night at temples to meditate and sing Bhajans or Shiv Tandav at the mandir. Junagadh Mela or Mela at Girnar starts a week before Shivratri at the foot hills of Girnar, where NagaBavas, Aghoris and many tantriks appear during these days.