Masik Shivratri is celebrated every month during the Chaturthi Tithi of the Krishna Paksha. The festival of Shivaratri commemorates the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti. According to legends, Lord Shiva appeared on the eve of Maha Shivaratri in the form of Linga. Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma were the first to worship the Shiva Linga.
During the Masik Shivaratri, the devotees observe fasting in the belief that Lord Shiva will bestow upon them his blessings. To seek the blessings of the Lord, devotees worship him at midnight. Unmarried women observe the quick-seeking suitable life partners, while married women observe the quick wish that their marriage be peaceful and abundant with love.
Date and Shubh Muhurat:
The Ashwina Masik Shivratri falls on September 24, Saturday. Favorable times for the day are from 11:54 PM to 12:42 PM on September 25.
On this day, devotees wake up early and take a bath. After this, they worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and fast throughout the day. In the evening, the devotees visit the nearby temple to say their prayers to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Prasad, which includes fruits, is offered to Lord Shiva. The next day, devotees break the fast by consuming the prasad.
Meaning of Shubho Mahalaya
In the month of Ashwin, masik shivratri falls one day before the Mahalaya Amavasya, the last day of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight). Mahalaya Amavasya also marks the end of the Pitrupaksha or Shradh period.
It is believed that on Mahalaya Amavasya day, the goddess Durga descends to earth. The 9 day festival of Navratri starts from the next day of Mahalaya. During the Navratri festival, an incarnation of Maa Durga is worshiped every day. The festival ends with the celebration of Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra.
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