Maha Shivratri 2023: Significance and Celebrations!

When is Maha Shivratri in 2023?

In 2023, the Maha Shivratri holiday falls on the 18th of February which is Chaturdashi of Shukla Paksha of Phalguna. This year, it will begin at 08.02 pm on Saturday (18th) and go on till 4:18 pm on Sunday (19th).

Maha Shivratri Puja Time and Muhurat

The Chaturdashi Tithi begins on February 18, 2023, at 08:02 PM and will end on February 19, 2023, at 04:18 PM. Nishita Kaal Puja Time - February 19, 2023, 12:09 AM to 01:00 AM (Duration - 00 hours 51 minutes). Shivaratri Parana Time on 19th February - 06:56 AM to 03:24 PM

Ratri first Prahar Puja time - 06:13 PM to 09:24 PM Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time - 09:24 PM to 12:35 AM, Feb 19 Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time - 12:35 AM to 03:46 AM, Feb 19 Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time - 03:46 AM to 06:56 AM, Feb 19

Foods That Can be Consumed While Fasting

During fasting you can eat desserts or milk-based beverages like kheer or curd, you can also fill your tummy with fruits, dry fruits, pakoras and potatoes.

Vrat Vidhi (Fasting Procedure):

– Devotees wake up early and take a bath before sunrise – They then observe a fast throughout the day, abstaining from food and water – Some people may have fruits, milk or other light food items during the fast – In the evening, after offering prayers, they break the fast with food that has been offered to Lord Shiva

Pooja Vidhi (Worship Procedure):

– Clean the house and decorate the prayer area with flowers and lights – Place an idol or picture of Lord Shiva on a pedestal and light a lamp – Offer bael leaves, fruits, flowers, and milk to the deity while chanting mantras and hymns – Recite the Shiva Chalisa or other prayers dedicated to Lord Shiva

Significance of Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri is celebrated to honour Lord Shiva. It is a significant day as it is said that on this day, Lord Shiva married Parvati. Moreover, the day’s importance is increased as, based on legends, Lord Shiva saved the world on this day. Thus, people celebrate Maha Shivratri to praise Lord Shiva’s brave deeds.

Best Places to Attend Maha Shivratri Puja

1. The Mahakaleshwar Temple,     Ujjain 2. Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar 3. Haridwar and Rishikesh 4. Varanasi 5. Isha Foundation, Coimbatore

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