Three interesting stories behind the grand celebration of Mahashivratri

Mahashivartri is one of the most auspicious festivals in India that observes a great significance in Indian Culture. The festival of Mahashivaratri celebrates the union of Lord Shiva and Shakti. According to Shivpuran, Mahadev and Mata Parvati got married on the day of Mahashivaratri. According to the scriptures, it creation started from the day of Mahashivaratri. Description of Shivratri is found in Garuda Purana, Skanda Purana, Padmapurana and Agnipurana etc.

According to the information, Devotees offer prayers in their own way to please Gana Mahadev. Mahashivaratri will be celebrated on 18 February. The importance of the festival of Mahashivaratri is because it is the night of union of Shiva and Shakti. Rudrabhishek offered by devotees to observe fast on this day. There are many stories about Shivratri. Here are three prominent stories of Shivaratri

 Mahadev appeared as Shivling

According to the scriptures, Mahadev appeared for the first time on the day of Mahashivaratri. Shiva's manifestation was in the form of Jyotirlinga i.e. Shivalinga of fire.  The Shivling has neither beginning nor end. It is said that in order to locate the Shivling, Brahmaji in the form of a swan was trying to see the topmost part of the Shivling but he could not succeed. He could not even reach the topmost part of the Shivling. On the other hand Lord Shri Vishnu could not reach at the Bottom post part Shivling by Varah.

  The story of twelve Jyotirlingas : 

According to the Shiv Purana, twelve Jyotirlingas appeared across the country on the day of Mahashivaratri. These 12 Jyotirlingas includes Somnath Jyotirlinga, Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, Kedarnath Jyotirlinga, Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Vishwanath Jyotirlinga, Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga, Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Rameshwar Jyotirlinga, and Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga. Mahashivaratri is also celebrated for the appearance of these 12 Jyotirlingas.

 Shiva and Shakti Milan

According to the scriptures, Mother Parvati did an austere penance to get Shiva as her husband. As a result, on the Chaturdashi date of Phalgun Krishna Paksha, Mata  Parvati got married to Mahadev. 

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