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Mahashivaratri Festival 2020

10 Feb

          Lord Shiva

Mahashivaratri Festival or the ‘The Night of Shiva’ is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the deities of Hindu Trinity. This year, Shivaratri falls on the moonless 14th night of the waning moon in the Hindu month of Magha, which corresponds to the month of February in English Calendar. Celebrating the festival of Shivaratri devotees observe day and night fast and perform ritual worship of Shiva Lingam to appease Lord Shiva.

Legends of Mahashivaratri

There are various interesting legends related to the festival of Maha Shivaratri. According to one of the most popular legends, Shivaratri marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. Some believe that it was on the auspicious night of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’, the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction. Another popular Shivaratri legend stated in Linga Purana states that it was on Shivaratri that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga. Hence the day is considered to be extremely auspicious by Shiva devotees and they celebrate it as Mahashivaratri – the grand night of Shiva.

Traditions and Customs of Shivaratri

Various traditions and customs related to Shivaratri Festival are dutifully followed by the worshippers of Lord Shiva. Devotees observe strict fast in honor of Shiva, though many go on a diet of fruits and milk some do not consume even a drop of water. Devotees strongly believe that sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivaratri absolves a person of sins and liberates him from the cycle of birth and death. Shivaratri is considered especially auspicious for women. While married women pray for the wellbeing of their husbands, unmarried women pray for a husband like Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the ideal husband.

To mark the Shivaratri festival, devotees wake up early and take a ritual bath, preferably in the river. After wearing fresh new clothes devotees visit the nearest Shiva temple and the Shiva lingam is bathed with the five sacred offerings of a cow, called the ‘Panchagavya’ – milk, sour milk, urine, butter and dung. Thereafter the five foods of immortality, namely, milk, ghee, curd, honey and sugar are placed before the Shiva lingam. Dhatura and Jati, though poisonous fruits, are believed to be sacred to Shiva and thus offered at his temple.

 On Shivaratri, worship of Lord Shiva continues all through the day and night. Every three hours priests perform ritual Pooja of Shiva lingam by bathing it with milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water amidst the chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya’ and ringing of temple bells. Nightlong vigil or ‘Jaagaran’ is also observed in Shiva temples where large number of devotees spends the night singing hymns and devotional songs in praise of Lord Shiva. It is only on the following morning that devotee break their fast by partaking Prasad offered to the deity.

This year, Mahashivaratri is celebrated on Friday 21 February 2020

February Panchanga

3 Feb

February 2020 – Monthly Panchanga

Vikari Samvatsara – Uttarayana

Shishir Ritu – Magha / Phalguna Masa

Important events for the month of February are appended below for information and guidance.

01 Feb 2020 – Saturday

  • Rathasapthami
  • ರಥ ಸಪ್ತಮೀ
  • Surya Jayanthi
  • ಸೂರ್ಯ ಜಯಂತಿ

02 Feb 2020 – Sunday

  • Venus enters Pisces. Venus is good in all places except 6 &10 from natal Moon.
  • ಫೂಭಾ ೪ ಮೀನೇ ಶುಕ್ರ

06 Feb 2020– Thursday

  • Pradosha
  • ಪ್ರದೋಷ

07 Feb 2020 – Friday

  • Mars enters Sagittarius. Mars is good in 3,6 & 11 from natal Moon
  • ಮೂಲಾ ೧ ಧನುಷಿ ಕುಜ

08 Feb 2020 – Saturday

  • Satyanarayana Pooja
  • ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣ ಪೂಜೆ

09 Feb 2020 – Sunday

  • Full Moon
  • ಹುಣ್ಣಿಮೆ

12 Feb 2020 – Wednesday

  • Sankasta Chaturthi
  • ಸಂಕಷ್ಟ ಚತುರ್ಥಿ

13 Feb 2020– Thursday

  • Sun enters Aquarius. Sun is good in 3,6,10 & 11 from natal Moon.
  • ಧನಿ ೩ ಕುಂಭೇ ರವಿ
  • Kumbha Sankramana
  • ಕುಂಭ ಸಂಕ್ರಮಣ

16 Feb 2020 – Sunday

  • Mercury turns Retrograde
  • ಬುಧ ವಕ್ರಾರಂಬ

20 Feb 2020 – Thursday

  • Pradosha
  • ಪ್ರದೋಷ

21 Feb 2020 – Friday

  • Mahashivaratri
  • ಮಹಾಶಿವರಾತ್ರಿ

22 Feb 2020– Saturday

  • Shanaischara Jayanthi
  • ಶನೈಶ್ಚರ ಜಯಂತಿ

23 Feb 2020 – Sunday

  • New Moon
  • ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆ

28 Feb 2020 – Friday

  • Venus enters Aries. Venus is good in all places except 6 &10 from natal Moon.
  • ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ ೧ ಮೇಷ ಶುಕ್ರ

 

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