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Festivals

The major festivals celebrated here are the Prathishta Dinam and Mahashivratri apart from all other Hindu festivals.

Maha Shivaratri

 

Is a significant Hindu festival observed in honour of Lord Shiva. On this day devotees of Lord Shiva, observe a day-long fast, remain awake all night and perform puja during Nishita Kaal to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri.

 

Shivratri in the month of Phalguna (as per North Indian calendar) is observed as Maha Shivratri. However, as per the South Indian calendar, this auspicious festival is celebrated in the month of Magha on Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha. As per the English calendar, Maha Shivratri is observed in the month of February or March

 

Why do we celebrate Mahashivratri

 

As per Hindu mythology, from the birth of Lord Shiva to the legend of Neelkanth and marriage with Goddess Parvati, there are several stories and beliefs on why we celebrate Mahashivratri.

 

  • It is believed that after the death of Sati, Lord Shiva went into deep meditation. Sati reincarnated as Parvati. Therefore, Mahashivratri marks the union of Shiva and Parvati on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalguna

 

  • As per Hinduism, it is also believed that Shiva performed the dance of preservation, creation and destruction on this night

 

  • However, as per some Maha Shivaratri is a thanks-giving ceremony. This story talks about a time when Lord Shiva saved the world. He drank and held the poison in his throat instead of swallowing it which turned his throat blue. From there, the name 'Neelkantha' originated.

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