The Shivaratri vrata is a very powerful and auspicious vratham that is dedicated to the Supreme Lord Shiva. The greatness of this vrata is mentioned in the all the major Hindu puranas. The Skandha Purana especially provides all the details and other information for observing the Shivaratri vrata. There are four main Shivaratris mentioned in the Skandha Purana. The Nitya Shivaratri is the first one which is observed daily, that is, every night. The next one is called as Masa Shivaratri and is observed every month on the Chaturdasi (14th day) of the Krishna Paksha (the waning or diminishing phase of moon). The Maga Shivaratri is then the third one and is observed for a period of thirteen days in the Hindu month of Maga. It starts from the prathama (first) titi and ends on the Chaturdasi (fourteenth) night when Lord Shiva is worshipped for the whole night. The fourth Shivaratri is the main and is called as Maha Shivaratri. It is observed on the Chaturdasi (14th day) of the Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of moon) in the month of Maga. The Maha Shivaratri is observed in major parts of the country and is celebrated in a grandeur manner.

Next Masik Shivaratri Date in 2019 : July 30 Tuesday

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Rituals of the Shivaratri Vrata

  • On the day of Shivaratri vrata, the observer of this vratham should get up early, before dawn and meditate about the Supreme and infinitely auspicious Lord Shiva. They then take a bath and wear new and clean clothes. Wearing a Rudraksha mala and applying ‘vibuthi’ (sacred ash) is considered to be an important part of the ritual.
  • The observer of the shivaratri vrata should visit a nearly Lord Shiva temple and perform the Shiva Linga ritual bath with water, milk, honey and other auspicious substances. While giving bath to the Lingam, the devotees ask forgiveness for their sins and pray to seek His blessings.
  • After the sacred bath, as a ritual haldi and kumkum is applied on the Shiva Lingam, and a pink and white lotus garland is offered to the Lord. Lighting of incense sticks and ringing the temple bells is also a part of the ceremony.
  • All through the day, bhajans and aartis are sung to invoke His blessings. It should be noted that unlike other vratas wherein a feast is observed after completion of puja, in the shivaratri vrata the devotees must fast all through the day as well as night.
  • The observer of this vrata should also keep vigil all night while enchanting the ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ mantra. During the Shivaratri vrata there is a practice of giving a holy bath to Shiva Linga every three hours.
  • Special prasadam in the form of fruits is offered to the Lord. The devotees spend their time by listening to the stories and legends of Lord Shiva, along with devotional songs and hymns. The Shivaratri fast is broken on the next day by consuming the prasad along with other disciples of Lord Shiva.

Important Timings On Masik Shivaratri

Shivaratri Puja Time July 31, 12:11 AM - July 31, 12:55 AM
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As per the Hindu mythology, the observer of the Shivaratri vrata gets the power to conquer the two natural forces that trouble the human form, namely the ‘tamas’ guna and ‘rajas’ guna. While spending the day meditating about Lord Shiva, the devotees get a better control over the ill emotions like jealousy, covetousness and anger. For the ardent disciples of Lord Shiva, observing the Shivaratri vrata is more equal or even more auspicious than performing the powerful Ashwamedha Yagna. It is also believed that a person, who observes the Maha Shivaratri vrata with full discipline and sincerity, would be absolved for all their sins. They ultimately get united with the supreme power and live happily in the abode of Lord Shiva. Such a devotee is also set free from the repeated cycle of birth and death.

All Masik Shivaratri dates in 2019 and Shivaratri Puja Time

January 4th
Friday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Jan 05, 12:05 AM - Jan 05, 12:58 AM
February 2nd
Saturday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Feb 03, 12:14 AM - Feb 03, 1:06 AM
March 4th
Monday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Mar 05, 12:13 AM - Mar 05, 1:03 AM
April 3rd
Wednesday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Apr 04, 12:06 AM - Apr 04, 12:53 AM
May 3rd
Friday
Shivaratri Puja Time : May 04, 12:01 AM - May 04, 12:45 AM
June 1st
Saturday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Jun 02, 12:03 AM - Jun 02, 12:46 AM
July 1st
Monday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Jul 02, 12:09 AM - Jul 02, 12:51 AM
July 30th
Tuesday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Jul 31, 12:11 AM - Jul 31, 12:55 AM
August 28th
Wednesday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Aug 29, 12:05 AM - Aug 29, 12:51 AM
September 27th
Friday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Sep 27, 11:53 PM - Sep 28, 12:42 AM
October 26th
Saturday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Oct 26, 11:45 PM - Oct 27, 12:36 AM
November 25th
Monday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Nov 25, 11:47 PM - Nov 26, 12:40 AM
December 24th
Tuesday
Shivaratri Puja Time : Dec 24, 11:59 PM - Dec 25, 12:53 AM

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