Maha Shivratri is a big Hindu festival celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India in the adoration of Lord Shiva. Shivratri means ‘The night of Shiv”. Though Shivratri happens every month on the night of Chaturdashi
Tithi during Krishna Paksh as per Hindu calendar, but the Shivratri which occurs in the month of Magh or Falgun, during Krishna Paksh (dark fortnight), is known as ‘Maha Shivratri’ as it marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is the festival of Shakti and Shiva’s convergence.
Of the twelve Shivratris in the year, the Maha Shivratri is the most sacred one, which falls before the Amavasya (new moon) during Falgun month on the night of Chaturdashi Tithi (14th day) during Krishna Paksh according to Hindu lunar calendar.
Maha Shivratri Festival is observed on Friday, 24th February 2017 with great spectacle throughout the India. Devotees throng to Shiv temples on Maha Shivratri to offer prayers and please Lord Shiva. Maha Shivratri is the occasion when the Lord Shiva is worshiped with utmost dedication by chanting Panchakshar mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’. By keeping fast on this day is to believe that one can get rid of past sins and can attain salvation or moksha. Chanting of the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and ‘Maha Mrityunjay Jaap’ is very prominent on this day.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra:
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat॥