Maha Shivratri is the night that is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva according to the Hindu mythology. As the name itself suggests, ‘Shiv’ refers to the Lord Shiva and ‘ratri’ refers to night in Hindi literature.
This is an annual festival and is also called the ‘Padmarajarathri’. Not only that, there are several other names including Shivaratri, Shivaratri, and Sivarathri. This festival is celebrated every thirteenth or fourteenth day of Phalguna or Maagha month of Hindu calendar. On this day the Hindu devotees especially women perform ‘puja’ worshiping Lord Shiva.
One of the most enthusiastic sects of Hindu devotees that worship the lingam in the country is in the southern India where the worshippers are well known as Shaivites who are considered to be the most zealous worshippers. The appearance of Lord Shiva is in the simplest forms, adorned with myriad forms of nature, such as the moon which forms the crown, the river Ganga cascading through is hair, the snakes around his neck and the lion cloth that covers his body. There is no other supreme god in the Hindu religion other than Lord Shiva who has enamored his devotees thus binding them close to his infinite being.
Among the Hindus, Shaivites give much importance to this particular festival known as Maha Shivarathri. At the same time, all the Hindus also observe this particular festival with much festivity. On the other hand most of the people, cut across the caste and creed give much importance to this particular festival.