Every year we celebrate Mahashivratri to receive something special from Lord Shiva. On this auspicious Mahashivratri, we spend the whole night chanting Aum Namah Shivaya. Devotees anoint Shiva with milk or water. Actually, we can chant whatever mantra we like but the most important thing is to connect with God throughout the night. As per Gurudev Sri Ravi Shankar, “Every Mahashivratri is meant to wake up every particle of your body. The festival is a wake-up call to move away from conflicts and move towards truth, beauty, peace, and benevolence – the ethereal qualities of Shiva.”
On this special occasion, people do meditation, Pooja, and sadhanas to consolidate their spiritual life. Doing all these things can give you immense peace and then happiness. Practising sadhana bestows peace within one’s life. Moreover, some gurus say Lord Shiva is not a person but the energy on which the total creation lies. Moreover, it is believed that if you do fasting and worship Shiva on this Maharatri, you will surely be blessed by Shiva.
What is Mahashivratri?
There are several meanings for Mahashivratri. Maha means great, so the rough meaning of this festival is ‘the great night of Lord Shiva.” Mahashivratri is largely celebrated by Hindu communities across India and various parts of Nepal. Another meaning of Mahashivratri: Ratri means night and it has also another meaning that is ‘to take refuge’. It means resting in some safe place to protect yourself from harmful things. Today, people do pooja and sadhana to celebrate their souls’ consciousness. Actually, our soul and Shiva aren’t separate things and haven’t got any differences between them either. Moreover, practising Shiv sadhana is said to be the best and the easiest way to get enlightenment or fulfil one’s desires. As per scriptures, Shiva is the only Lord who will be easily pleased among all the other Gods.
Furthermore, they are certain ways to worship Shiva to fulfil various desires. For example, if you are someone who is facing difficulties to get married, then you need to offer sugarcane juice to Lord Shiva.
Why do we celebrate Shivrathri?
There are many reasons to celebrate Shivratri. As per many legends, Shivratri is celebrated because Lord Shiva drank a pot of poison when it came out from the ocean and stored in his throat to save the universe. That’s why Lord Shiva is also called Neelkanth