Shivratri Rituals Puja
Shravan month is believed to be the most suitable month for ‘Subah arambh’ i.e. good start. The ruling deity for Shravan masses’ is Lord Shiva.
Shravan Mass Pooja Vidhi starts with the Shiva’s Abhishek with ghee, honey, milk, curd etc. followed by the offering of Belpatra and Lotus flowers. Then, Datura, Bhang and Shriphal are offered. Devotees also put Vibhuti or holy ash on Shiva’s forehead. The most important part is providing Ganga Jal to Shivlinga, which helps in attaining moksha (salvation).
The main vrat or fast kept by devotees during the month of Shravan is Shravan Somvar Vrat. The Shravan Mass Vrat Vidhi involves worship of Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva along with the chanting of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ or ‘Maha Mritunjaya Mantra’. The vrat is kept from sunrise to sunset. Some devotees perform partial fast by eating fruits.
Northern states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and the like observe Shravana month 15 days before the Southern states like Goa, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and the like. This leads to different dates of celebration. People performing Shravan Monday Pooja are blessed with the fulfillment of their desires. Also, in some areas fasting on Mondays, is kept by unmarried women to get a good husband.
Ujjain, considered to be the residing place of Lord Shiva encounters the most splendors and glorious celebration of His festival, Maha Shivratri where the devotees carry a large procession all over the city.
Maha Shivratri is a day associated with classic stories of Lord Shiva from the holy and sacred ‘Shiv Purana’. The majestic festival, Maha Shivratri 2017 Date is falling on 24th February, when all the Lord Shiva’s devotee will be seen keeping a fast starting from the sunrise till the sunset. Along with fasting, people also perform activities like yoga, chanting prayers, meditation and such other to please the Almighty.
There are various mythological stories associated with this day. Some folklore believes that the day is celebrated in remembrance of Lord Shiva bravery to save the mother Earth, while some say it is celebrated as Lord’s Shiva birthday. Despite these stories, there are numerous other legendary narratives.
Maha Shivratri Pooja is not like any other Pooja. It involves some rituals which should be fulfilled with complete devotion. Performing fast is an essential ritual where devotees get the power to eliminate the evils of Tamas and Rajas Guna. It also helps in controlling annoyance, desire and jealousy.
Maha Shivratri 2017 will fall on the 13th day of the month of Phalgun. An individual is greeted by the virtues like positivity, forgiveness, honesty and various other. Apart from the rituals, people also chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ to bless themselves with Shiva’s supremacy.