Mahashivratri or the Great Night of Lord Shiva

Mahashivratri or the Great Night of Lord Shiva

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As we ring in Maha Shivratri, here are a few food items one can relish in while observing the fast. One of the most auspicious festivals of the Hindus, Maha Shivratri is celebrated with great pomp and show, as Hindu communities across the world dedicate this day to Lord Shiva and offer their devotion to the mighty God.

The word ‘Shivratri’ means Lord Shiva and Night; according to Indian mythology, Lord Shiva appeared as the form of Linga, on the midnight of Maha Shivratri. According to ancient Hindu scriptures, there are many legends that signify Lord Shiva’s importance in this festival.

He held the poison in his throat which caused it to turn blue. Hence, he also came to be known as ‘Neelkanth’. The purity and sanctity of this festival is an ode to eliminating darkness from everyone’s lives, with the blessing of Lord Shiva. The devotees break the fast the next day after bathing and eat all sorts of fruit, sweets to commemorate the festival.

The purity and sanctity of this festival is an ode to eliminating darkness from everyone’s lives. Puja for Maha Shivratri is done in all the four prahars through the night.

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