Maha Shivratri 2018 : History and its significance

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Major temples are attended during Maha Shivaratri, and the Mandi fair is a particularly famous celebration, held for seven days.

Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri was celebrated in Nepal on Tuesday with devotees offering prayers to Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the God of huge power and destruction. The whole day is spent without any food or drinks.

Generally Mahashivratri is celebrated as the anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as the night of their wedding, but there are many stories in various texts and scriptures describing why Maha Shivratri is celebrated.

Some devotees of Lord Shiva claim the banned weed to be a prasad of Lord Shiva and hence promote its consumption on the holy day. Shivratri is not for celebrations and merry-making but to worship Lord Shiva "the destroyer of evil", introspect and become meditative.

A Sadhu who is considered holy smokes marijuana from a chillum on the eve of the Mahashivaratri festival inside Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, on Monday, February 12, 2018. Significance There are several legends attached with the Hindu festival, which also marks the union of Shiva and Shakti. Many devotees also performed special prayers at Bhimashankar temple near Pune.

On this occasion, devotees offered Chandan, milk, "bellpatri", "dhatura", "tila" and flowers to the 'Shiv-ling.' Groups of North Indians had organised "puja" and made an arrangement of "Prasad" and "Bhakti-Geet Sandhya" in different parts of the city. Scouting his way back he heard a tiger's growl who was also fast approaching in his direction.

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Another claims Shiva and Parvati got married on this day.

In observance of the Maha Shivratri 2018, we have rounded up the following quotes, sayings, messages and wishes to be sent as greetings, SMS or WhatsApp messages for the day. As per a legend, the formless God appeared in the form of "Lingodbhava Murthi" at midnight on Maha Shivratri.

Kajol: May the energy of Lord Shiva bring you prosperity and abundance.

I pray to you for all the people in this world.

This is my prayer for today.

Om Namah Shivay! May the blessings of Lord Shiva remain with you throughout your life.

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