The festival of Mahashivaratri is liked by all and this festival is considered the favorite festival of the devotees of Lord Shiva. In this way, this festival is celebrated in India as well as Nepal. This festival has great importance in Hinduism and out of the 12 Shivaratri held in the year, Mahashivaratri has the most importance. It is believed that the creation started from this day itself. On this day, the universe began with the giant form of Mahadev. Mahashivaratri is on 21 February this time. Shivaratri means Lord Shiva's night. According to the mythology, on the night of this date, Lord Shiva was married to Goddess Parvati Ji. It is said that it is the night of the worship of Lord Shiva which is celebrated on the Chaturdashi (Chaudas) of Phalgun Krishna Paksha.
Mahashivratri Vrat Katha - There was a hunter in the forest. He climbed a tree and sat down to wait for his prey. Even after waiting for a long time, when a victim did not touch his hand, he started to throw the tree leaves down. Coincidentally it was a vine tree. Mahashivaratri fast was on that day. While waiting for the hunt, he got tired and broke the leaves throughout the night. In the morning, he came to know that there was a Shivling where he was throwing the ballot. Mahashivratri fasted from the hunter and he got salvation. Since then, the tradition of observing Mahashivaratri fast as a practice of salvation started.
Kaalkut Katha - The sea churned between the gods and the demons to obtain nectar. Before the elixir was released from the sea, the poison named Kaalkut also came out of the ocean. This poison was so dangerous that the whole universe could be destroyed by it, but only Lord Shiva could destroy this poison. Lord Shiva kept the poison called Kalkuta in his throat. This made his throat blue. Lord Shiva's name became Neelkanth after this incident. It is believed that Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the occasion of this event of Lord Shiva drinking poison and saving the whole world from it.