Maha Shivratri, the most awaited and important festival of 2017 is falling on 24th and 25th February. Millions of Lord Shiva’s devotee celebrate it with great zest.
Rudra means Shiva, the destroyer of all sins and sorrows. On Maha Shivratri Rudra Pooja, He is worshiped in His ‘Rudra’ form. Lord Shiva is considered the provider of wealth as He has the control over Kuber’s wealth. Along with monetary gains, He also looks after one’s happiness, health, prosperity, grace, peace and so on.
Maha Shivratri is believed to be the night of Shiva or Supreme-Being. It occurs on the 14th night of the full moon during the month of Phalgun. Shivratri Rudra Pooja Vidhi starts with the bath of Lingam with ‘panchayavya’ i.e. milk, curd, honey, ghee, cow dung followed by the offerings of sandalwood paste, bilwa and beetle leaves, dhatura etc. Incense and fruits are also given. Usually, the devotees chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and ‘Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra’.
Wearing of rudraksha on Shivratri is considered very auspicious and beneficial for a devotee as the rudraksha beads are believed to be made from the tears of lord Shiva Himself.
When the above-described vidhi is performed with complete devotion, devotees enjoy the blessing of Shiva in the form of Maha Shivaratri Rudra Pooja Benefits like purification of mind, soul and body, attainment of knowledge and wisdom, satisfaction with worldly pleasures, eliminate all sorts of negativity leading to an upliftment of spirituality and various other.