Shivratri, Maha Shivaratri is a major festival for Lord Shiva Puja. Maha Shivratri 2012 or Shivratri 2012 date is 20 February 2012. It falls on Masa Shivaratri day in February 2012. Shivaratri corresponds to Falgun Krishna Chaudas in North Indian calendar, and Magha Shukla Chaturdashi in Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada and Telugu calendars.
Special pujas are performed in Kashi Vishweshwara temple in Varanasi, Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple, Nashik Trayambakeshwar Temple, and many other Jyothirling temples in India.
During Mahashivaratri Brahmotsavam is organized in Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple. Vemulawada Rajarajeshwara Swamy temple is also a best place to visit during Shivaratri festival. A three-day Jathara or fair is organized in Vemulawada during the festival.
Shivaratri Puja Sankalpa (Shivaratri Vratha Sankalpam)
“Shivaratri Vratham hyethath karishyeham mahaphalam
nirvighnam kuru devatra twatprasadath jagatpathe
chaturdashyam nirahaaro bhuthwa shambho pare hani
bhokshye ham bhukti mukthyartham saranam mebhaveshwara”