Shivaratri is observed on Magha Shukla Chaturdashi, the fourteenth day in Magha masam. In 2016, Mahashivaratri date is March 7. Shivaratri is celebrated in a grand manner in all Jyothirlingas in India.
Among the 12 prominent abodes of Lord Shiva (Dwadasha Jyothirlingas), Srisailam is the most significant Shiva Shakti kshetram which is also known as the Astadasha Shakti Peetham. One of the major festivals celebrated at Srisailam Mallikarjuna swamy (Shiva) temple are – Shivaratri Brahmotsavam.
Shivaratri Puja rituals include – Lingodbhavam (emergence of Linga), Pagalankarana (adorning of head gear) and Kalyanotsavam (celestival wedding). Lord Shiva is adorned with precious ornaments and sparkling diamond crown.
It is estimated that nearly 6 lakh devotees will have Srisailam Mallikarjuna Swamy darshanam during Shivaratri Brahmotsavam pujas.
Maha Shivaratri also marks the culmination of 41-day Shiva Deeksha as the Srisailam Temple resounded with Shivanama smaranam (chanting of Om Namah Shivaya).