17 February 2015 is Mahashivaratri. It is observed on Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi in Magha Month of Amavasyant calendar and in Falgun Month as per North Indian Hindi calendar (Purnimant Panchang).
What is Maha Shivaratri? Why is Shivaratri celebrated?
In the Puranas many stories and legends explain the origin and significance of the festival Maha Shivaratri.
As per one legend, during the period of churning the ocean by the gods and the demons, a pot of poison (Kaal koot) emerged from the ocean. This sudden incident terrified the dev ganas and asura ganas as the poison was capable of creating mahapralaya (deluge), which can destroy the entire universe. Read more
Why should devotees be awake during Shivaratri? Is there any particular reason for us to be awake on Mahashivaratri night?
Many devotees of Shiva perceive the Maha-Shrivarathi Festival, followed by rituals with honesty and affection. Throughout the day, the Lord Shiva devotees refrain from consuming food and they break their fast in the early morning, later the nightlong devotion. Read more
Significance of Sankalpam on Shivaratri
Sankalpa means taking our consciousness to the universe, to the infinite; and then bringing the mind to the present moment, and making a wish for something that you long for in your mind. That is what Sankalpa is. Read more
Lingodhbhavam during Maha Shivaratri
As per the Shiva Puranam and Linga Puranam, ‘Lingodhbhavam, the emergence of Lord Shiva from the base like structure.
To watch the auspicious event in Hinduism, every Hindu should awake the whole night. Lingodhbhavam is performed at midnight or in the early morning on Shivaratri in every Shiva temple around the world. Read more
Shivaratri Puja Procedure with Mantras, Simple MahaShivratri Pooja Procedure.. Read more
Bilvashtakam– Shiva stotram to chant during Bilva puja or Bilvapatra abhishekam
Lingashtakam – Octet to Linga form of Lord Shiva
Shiva Chalisa – 40 verses dedicated to Lord Shiva
Shivashtakam – Octet to Lord Shiva
Maha Shivaratri Puja Vidhi Video