Shiv Ratri Muhurat: When is Shivratri? How to do pooja rituals?

Shiv Ratri Muhurat: When is Shivratri? How to do pooja rituals?

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Maha Shivratri 2024 is celebrated on March 8. MahaShivratri Muhurat falls on the 14th day of the lunar fortnight of the Hindu calendar. 

Maha Shivratri Muhurat Pooja timing of 2024 is as follows: 

The third night puja of March 8 is from 11:57 PM to 02: 58 AM on March 9, while Last prayer of the 2024 MahaShivratri is from 06:17 PM on March 9.The MahaShivratri Muhurt is the time of celebration of the marriage of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. The 2024 Shivratri Muhurat also coincides with pradosham, the time lord Shiva’s consort Parvati fasts to receive her lord as her mate.

Pooja Thali

Most Hindu devotees observe a complete day of fasting and offer special pujas with Pooja thali, Diya to appease Lord Shiva. In temples consecrated to Lord Shiva, devotees bathe the Shivaling with milk at the Shivratri Muhurat. It is widely believed that Shiva allowed an outlet to Ganga, the Indian holy river, to cross the earth and purify humanity of its sins, both in life and in death. 

Om Namah Shivaay

On MahaShivratri Muhurat, the Shiva bhakt performs the Rudra Pooja – singing of special Vedic chants among other rituals.

Maha Shivratri is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals celebrated annually in honour of Lord Shiva. The Maha Shivratri is considered auspicious. Devotees believe the Maha Shivratri is the peaking of convergence of both Shiva and Shakti. They represent the embodiment of love, power and union.

To the Indian devotee, Lord Shiva signifies purusha - the cosmic being – and Parvati signifies prakruti - nature and the lady. A prayer at the MahaShivatri Muhurat is believed to deliver a person from sins and start on the path of righteousness.

On Mahashivratri, Sadguru, among India’s most noted sanyasi, says that the positioning of the northern hemisphere is positioned for a natural upsurge of energy in a human being. To allow this natural upsurge of energies to find their way, one of the fundamentals of this nightlong festival is to ensure that devotees remain awake with the spine vertical throughout the night.

MahaShivratri Muhurat is also the moment he became one with Mount Kailash – becoming absolutely still. The science of Yoga originated from Shiva. The night of Mahashivratri offers a person an opportunity to experience yogic meditation. Shivratri, is the darkest day of the month. 

Rules of observing Mahashivratri fasting: 

  1. Adopt a virtuous lifestyle and refrain from engaging in worldly activities such as eating onion, garlic, gambling, fighting, or abusing.
  2. It is considered inauspicious to cut hair and nails on the day of Mahashivratri.
  3. Vegetarian food is advised for pregnant women, senior citizens and those who suffer from ailments. The food has to be prepared with rock salt. 

In breaking the fast, it is recommended to take a bath. Fill the diya with clarified butter, while offering puja. Offer homemade sweets like kheer, halwa, or other desserts, along with fruits. Important to abstain from consuming non-vegetarian foods.

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