Lord Shiva is the Supreme Lord in Hinduism and the third one among the Trinity. Shiva is considered the destroyer and the creator of this universe at the end of cosmic time. Lord Shiva is considered as an amalgamation of all powers and energies and he is also known as Ardha Natishwara or the Shiva – Shakti manifestation in one form meaning that Shiva is potential as well as kinetic energy of the universe.
Maha Shivaratri festival
Maha Shivratri is celebrated yearly on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi (fourteenth day) of the month of Magha (February – March). The Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi during every month is called as Masik Shivratri or monthly Shivratri while the one in the month of Magha is known as Maha Shivratri..
Maha Shivratri February 2018 puja date and timing
The Maha Shivratri of the 2018 year will be observed on Tuesday, 13th February 2018.
The puja timings for the Shivratri are as follows:
Nishita Kaal Puja Time: 12:01 am to 12:51 am (duration: 49 minutes) Shivratri First Prahar Puja Time: 06:13 pm to 09:19 pm Shivratri Second Prahar Puja Time: 09:19 pm to 12:26 am Shivratri Third Prahar Puja Time: 12:26 am to 03:32 am Shivratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time: 03:32 am to 06:39 am On 14th, Maha Shivaratri Parana Time = 06:39 am to 03:20 pm
Maha Shivratri Puja Vidhi
On the day of Maha Shivratri, complete pujas are performed in all Shiva temples. It is easy to participate in the pujas organized in the temples or do the puja at home. Maha Shivratri puja can also be done once during Nishita Kaal or can be repeated four times during the four parts of the night. On the night of Maha Shivartri abhiskeh or holy bath is done to the Shivlin using fragrance land other substances like coconut water, sandal water, rose water, Ganga jal and honey.
Maha Shivratri Vrat Vidhi
Vrat is observing vigil night. The devotees must chant the names of Lord Shiva and also involve in spiritual activities on the night. The fasting is concluded in the morning during the Parana time after doing shive puja and part taking the Prasad.
The story narrating the efficacy of Maha Shivratri
Maha Shivartri puja is a highly effective puja and is helpful in winning the blessings of Lord Shiva. Vrat puja and Vigil puja are the three main night activities central to Maha Shivratri celebrations. It is said that when a devotee observes all these three with sincerity and dedication, he will abundantly blesses by the Lord.
Maha Shivratri Mantras
The whole night of Maha Shivaratri is considered highly auspicious and should be chanted whole night. Here are a few mantras to chant during Shivratri Mrityunjaya Mantra “Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam Urvaru Kamiva Bandhanaat Mrityor Moksheeya Mamritaat” Shiva Gayatri Mantra “Om Tatpurushaay Vidmahe Vidmahe Mahadevaay Deemahi Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat”
Mantra to pray for forgiveness to Lord Shiva
“Karcharankritam Vaak Kaayajam Karmajam Vaa Shravannayanjam Vaa Maansamva Aparadham Vihitam Avihitam Vaa Sarvameta Kshamasva Jay Jay Karunaabdhe Shree Mahadev Shambho”