Mahashivaratri Festival is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun. Devotees observe fast all through the day and night of Shivaratri in honor of Lord Shiva and pay a visit to Shiva temples. Ritual bath of Shiva Lingam with milk, water, honey etc is also performed by the devotees as a part of the tradition. Many believe that Shivaratri Festival marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. However, according to some legends, it was on the auspicious night of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed the Tandava, the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction.
So, if you are planning to observe the Mahashivratri vrat then take a look at these things that you should do while observing the fast.
Mahashivratri Festival is also considered to be an extremely significant festival by women. Married and unmarried women observe fast and perform Shiva Puja with sincerity to appease Goddess Parvati who is also regarded as Gaura one who bestows marital bliss and long and prosperous married life. Unmarried women also pray for a husband like Lord Shiva who is regarded as the ideal husband. On the day of Maha Shivaratri, devotees chant Om Namah Shivaya and Har Har Mahadev. Devotees observing fast do not consume any eatables and cannot even drink a drop of water. On this day, temples are decorated and devotees pray all night. One of the biggest celebrations of Maha Shivratri takes place in Ujjain, known as Lord Shiva’s abode.