Maha Shivratri 2022: That’s why we celebrate the auspicious festival!Author: Yuvi February 27, 2022
NEW DELHI: Maha Shivratri is one of the most auspicious festivals of Hindus and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It is being celebrated across the country on 1st March (Tuesday). It holds great significance for Hindus across the world and is one of the most celebrated festivals across the country. This day marks the marital union of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati.
Devotees visit Shiva-Parvati temples to seek blessings and also observe fast on this day.
Maha Shivratri falls on Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha in the month of Magha in the South Indian calendar or Amavasant Hindu lunar calendar. However, according to the North Indian calendar or Purnimanta lunar calendar, Maha Shivaratri is a monthly (monthly) Shivaratri in the month of Phalguna.
As we gear up to celebrate Maha Shivratri, here is an explainer why we celebrate the festival and the legends associated with it.
Marriage of Goddess Parvati and Shiva: This is the most popular legend associated with Maha Shivratri. This day marks the marital union of the Lord with his wife.
After the death of his wife Sati, Shiva lived like a monk. He was absorbed in meditation and did severe penance. Sati reincarnated as Parvati to win Shiva’s heart once again and become his wife. She did severe penance for years and did everything she could to get his attention. Seeing her dedication, devotion and unfathomable love, Shiva accepted her as his wife.
They were married on the 14th of Shukla Paksha of Falgun month.
Lord Shiva and the Samudra Manthan Episode: In a contest of one-upmanship, the Devas and Asuras begin churning the ocean or ocean to obtain the divine nectar (Amrita) to attain immortality. While churning the ocean with Mount Mandara in the form of a rod and Vasuki, the king of serpents as a rope, many beneficial things came out of the ocean, but with it came halal or poison.
Halahala was so toxic that it could destroy the universe. To save life and the universe, Lord Vishnu asked the deities to reach out to Lord Shiva, who could have consumed the poison alone.
Lord Shiva immediately agreed to consume Halahal. Fearing that it might harm him, Goddess Parvati pressed his neck with her hands so that Halahala could not go down his throat. This made Halahla a refugee in her neck. Although it failed to harm Shiva, it turned his neck blue. That’s why Shiva is also called Neelkanth.
In order to ensure that Halahal did not have any other effect on the Lord, the Lord’s Devas and devotees kept Him awake throughout the night singing praises and dancing.
Story of how Shiva Linga came into existence: Once, there was an argument between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma over their supremacy. This created a lot of unrest in Devlok and the deities approached Lord Shiva for help. In order to make Brahma and Vishnu realize that they possess a supreme power, Shiva appeared in the form of a flaming flame shaped like a lingam and challenged both of them to find out the beginning and end of the insured light.
Vishnu turned into a boar and went underground, while Brahma took the form of a swan to fly upwards. The search turned out to be so exhausting that Brahma persuaded the Ketaki flower to testify to his “achievement” of tracing the origin of the beam and convey it to Lord Vishnu.
This is when Lord Shiva in his full form appeared from the beam. Realizing that their argument was futile and that their claim to supremacy was futile, Brahma and Vishnu bowed to Lord Shiva and begged for forgiveness.
Since Shiva appeared in a linga form on this day, people celebrate his supremacy by chanting mantras while awake and paying respect to him on Maha Shivaratri.