Shivratri is a renowned Indian festival and is celebrated all over India. According to the Gregorian calendar, the auspicious festival of Shivratri will be celebrated on March 4 this year.
Check out the timings, significance, what to eat, what to offer, ingredients, Puja Vidhi, delicacies for Shivratri
Date and Time
This year, the annual festival will be celebrated on March 4 and will be extended till March 5 for Mahashivratri celebrations.
Mahashivratri 2019 Puja time
The Nishita Kaal Puja time is from 12:14 am to 1:03 am. The duration will be 49 minutes. Maha Shivaratri Parana time will be 6:49 am to 3:33 pm. Below are timings for other Pujas.
Ratri First Prahar Puja Time = 6:28 pm to 9:33 pm
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time = 9:33 pm to 12:38 am
Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time = 12:38 am to 3:44 am
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time = 3:44 am to 6:49 am.
How is Mahashivratri celebrated?
On Mahashivratri devotees visit temples, hold pujas, chant mantras, observe fast and the ardent devotees also stay awake whole night to chant the mantra of Om Namah Shivaya, special pujas are also held at homes.
Significance of festival
The believers say that Shiva saves the world from destruction. On Mahashivratri, Shiva drank poison to save and protect the world. The significance is different for different legends. For one legend Maha Shivratri is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction. It is observed to mark a remembrance of ‘overcoming darkness and ignorance’ in life and the world.
What to eat on Shivratri
Sabu daana, fruits, juice, milk, curd, nuts, kuttu ka atta and potatoes are consumed by the worshippers on Mahashivratri.