Did You Know??
1. Maha Shivaratri is associated with the marriage of Shiva and Shakti.
2. The legends signify that this day is the favorite of Lord Shiva and also throws light on his greatness and the supremacy of Lord Shiva over all other Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
3. Maha Shivaratri also celebrates the night when Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava‘, the cosmic dance.
4. According to another legend of Samudra manthan, Shiva saved the world from the disastrous effects of a poison that emerged as a by product of the churning of the sea (Samudra manthan), by consuming the whole of the poison. Shiva could arrest the poison in his throat by his Yogic powers and it didn’t go down his throat. His neck turned blue due to the effect of the poison on his throat and henceforth he is also known as Neela Kantha or The Blue Throated. It is also believed that Hindu devotees stay awake whole night to give company to God Shiva, who was not supposed to fall asleep after drinking the ocean poison.
5. After earth’s creation was complete, Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva which day is his favorite. The Lord replied that the 14th night of the new moon, in the dark fortnight during the month of Phalgun, is his favorite day. Goddess Parvati repeated these words to Her friends, from whom the word spread to all creation.
6. The day is considered auspicious for women. They fast and pray to the Lord to get blessed with blissful married life, while unmarried woman would pray for an ideal husband like Shiva.