Shivratri - Rajesh Shrimali

Significance of the Shivratri Festival Puja in Hindu religion

Maha Shivratri

Festival of Mahashivaratri is the most significant carnival for the millions of believers of Lord Shiva. The festival has been rendered lot of significance in Hindu tradition. It says that a follower who performs genuine adoration of Lord Shiva on the favorable day of Shivratri is absolved of sins and reaches moksha.

About Lord Shiva

Shiva (Sanskrit: Auspicious One) is one of the main divinities of Hinduism that is adored as the topmost lord by the Shaivaite groups of India.

In Hinduism, Lord Shiva is regarded as the symbol of the Supreme Being. He is acknowledged as the third component in the Hindu Trinity (Trimurti), the other two members being Lord Brahma – the creator and Lord Vishnu – the protector. Shiva is the critical form of the Almighty. As the series of obliteration and recreation is always in a loop, Shiva’s primary concern is maintaining the life cycle. Scholars say, as the Mahakaal, Shiva abolishes and dissolves all into emptiness but as Shankara, he also imitates that which has been destroyed and dissolved. His symbol of Lingam or the phallus signifies this generative control.

Lord Shiva is also measured to be the most exclusive of all Hindu gods and also the God of all. A prodigious ascetic, Shiva is the only godhead who is persistently in bottomless consideration, totally absorbed in contemplation in His abode, Kailaasa Mountain in the great Himalaya. Lord Shiva is also said to be inseparable from Shakti – Parvati the daughter of Himavaan – Haimavati. There is no Shiva without spiritual power and no Power without Shiva, the two are one – or the comprehensive state of life.

Meaning of Shivaratri in Hinduism

Festival of Mahashivaratri has wonderful implication in Hinduism. According to Holy Scriptures, ritual worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri festival that falls on the 13th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun gratifies Lord Shiva the most. This fact is said to have been acknowledged by Lord Shiva himself, when his wife Parvati asked him as to which ritual executed by his devotees pleases him the most.

Importance of Shivratri

Festival of Mahashivaratri is the most significant carnival for the lots of enthusiasts of Lord Shiva. The festival has been permitted lot of consequence in Hindu tradition. It says that a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha.

Significance of Shivaratri in Hinduism

Festival of Mahashivaratri has tremendous significance in Hinduism. According to Holy Scriptures, ritual esteem of Lord Shiva on Shivratri festival that falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases Lord Shiva the most. This fact is said to have been declared by Lord Shiva himself, when his consort Parvati asked him as to which ritual performed by his devotees pleases him the most.

Even till date, devotees of Lord Shiva perform the ritual worship of Shivratri with care and devotion. They perceive day and night fast and give sacred bath to Shiva Linga with honey, milk and pure water etc. Hindus deliberate it tremendously promising to worship Lord Shiva on a Shivaratri as it is believed that worship of Lord Shiva with devotion and sincerity absolves a devotee of past sins. The devotee reaches the abode of Lord Shanker and lives there happily. He is also liberated from the cycle of birth and death and attains moksha or salvation.

Significance of Shivaratri for Women

Mahashivratri Festival is also measured to be a tremendously noteworthy festival by females. Married and unmarried women notice fast and perform Shiva Puja with genuineness to appease Goddess Parvati who is also regarded as ‘Gaura’ – one who confers marital bliss and long and wealthy married life. Unmarried women also pray for a husband like Lord Shiva who is regarded as the perfect husband.