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"Maha Shivratri 2024: Date and Time - Everything You Need to Know"

The word Mahashivratri "The Great Night of Shiva" is derived from two Sanskrit words - “Maha”, meaning great, “Shiva" referring to the lord shiva, and "ratri” means night, meaning the night of Lord Shiva.

It is believed that on this night, Lord Shiva performed the “Tandava” dance, a dance which signifies creation, preservation, and destruction. Hence, the festival is considered to be an extremely auspicious event for devotees of Lord Shiva

"Maha Shivratri 2024: Date and Time - Everything You Need to Know"

Mahashivratri 2024 Date: When is Maha Shivratri in 2024?

Mahashivratri, a revered Hindu festival, is an annual celebration dedicated to Lord Shiva, considered the supreme deity in Hinduism. This sacred occasion holds significant importance and is marked by devout celebrations worldwide by followers of Shiva.


Maha Shivratri, known as the great night of Lord Shiva, is a significant occasion marked by fasting, meditation on Shiva, self-reflection, fostering social harmony, and an overnight vigil at Shiva temples. According to the Hindu calendar, Maha Shivratri is observed annually on the fourteenth day of the dark (waning) half of the lunar month of Phalguna or Magha. In the Gregorian calendar, this year, the day falls on Friday, March 8, 2024.


Maha Shivratri 2024 Date And Time

Maha Shivaratri 2024 Date

March 8, 2024

Maha Shivaratri 2024 Day

Friday

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins

Mar 08, 2024, 9:57 PM

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends

Mar 09, 2024, 6:17 PM

Nishita Kaal Puja Time

Mar 09, 2024, 00:07 to 00:56

Shivaratri Parana Time

06:37 AM to 3:29 PM

How To Celebrate Maha Shivaratri?

On the special day of Mahashivaratri, devotees observe fasting as a gesture to please Lord Shiva. This festival is particularly auspicious for women, with married women praying for the well-being of their husbands and unmarried women seeking a life partner with qualities akin to Lord Shiva, known for being an ideal husband.

Various rituals are performed in temples across the country during Mahashivratri celebrations. Devotees engage in prayers and puja ceremonies dedicated to Lord Shiva, offering items such as milk, honey, flowers, and the sacred Bilva Patra leaves.

In addition to the puja rituals, devotees undertake fasting, abstaining from food and drink throughout the day. Some choose to stay awake the entire night, participating in prayers and meditations, commonly known as the "Night of Awakening." Others visit temples to seek blessings from Lord Shiva. Devotees utilize this night by worshipping Adidev Mahadev through continuous chanting and listening to Mantras like Mahamrityunjay Mantra and Shiva Tandav Stotram.

Mahashivratri attracts a large gathering of devotees at prominent Shiva temples nationwide, including the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga in Ujjain and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. The festivities are characterized by devotional songs, mantra chanting, and the resonating sound of temple bells.

Known as "The Great Night of Shiva," Mahashivratri is also viewed as a time for spiritual awakening. Many individuals across the country use this occasion to seek inner peace and enlightenment, believing that Lord Shiva is especially benevolent on this night, granting the wishes of those who pray with unwavering devotion


Beyond its religious aspects, Mahashivratri is celebrated with enthusiasm through cultural events and festivities, featuring dance performances, musical presentations, and various cultural programs, making it a grand celebration for all participants


Can we sleep during the Day on Shivaratri?

Shivaratri is traditionally observed as a night of fasting and vigil, during which devotees stay awake and engage in prayers, meditation, and other spiritual practices. Therefore, it is generally not recommended to sleep on Shivaratri night.

What is the favourite foods of Lord Shiva?

As per Mythology Lord Shiva's favourite food is Kand-Mool and he also likes bhang, dhatura, milk, thandai, and sweets white in colour

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