Maha Shivratri 2024: Date And Time, Here's What You Need to Know
Maha Shivratri 2024: Date And Time, Here's What You Need to Know

Maha Shivratri, a significant festival honoring Lord Shiva, is approaching in 2024. Celebrated worldwide by Hindus, this festival holds immense importance. It falls on the 13th or 14th night of the lunar month, typically in February or March.

The term "Maha Shivratri" translates to "The Great Night of Shiva." It marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the divine "Tandava" dance symbolizing creation, preservation, and destruction.

Date and Time:
This year, Maha Shivratri falls on March 8, 2024. The Chaturdashi Tithi begins at 9:57 PM on March 8 and ends at 6:17 PM on March 9. The Nishita Kaal Puja time is from 00:07 to 00:56 on March 9, while the Shivaratri Parana time is from 06:37 AM to 3:29 PM.

How to Celebrate:
Devotees observe fasts to seek Lord Shiva's blessings. Married women pray for their husbands' well-being, while unmarried ones seek partners with qualities akin to Lord Shiva. Rituals include prayers, offering milk, honey, and Bilva Patra leaves.

People abstain from food and drink throughout the day, some staying awake the whole night in prayers and meditation. Prominent Shiva temples witness large gatherings, with devotees chanting mantras and singing devotional songs.

Maha Shivratri is not just a festival but also a time for spiritual reflection and inner peace-seeking. It is believed that Lord Shiva is especially benevolent on this night, granting the wishes of those who pray with utmost devotion.

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