Maha Shivaratri 2022 fasting rules and rituals: Tips to get you through the Day

March 1, 2022 0 Comments


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oi-Madhuri Adnal

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New
Delhi,
Mar
01:

Maha
Shivratri
2022
is
one
of
the
most
auspicious
days
for
Lord
Shiva
devotees.

This
year,
the
festival
is
celebrated
across
the
country
on
March
01
(Tuesday).
On
Maha
Shivratri,
Lord
Shiva
performs
the
heavenly
dance
known
as
‘tandav’.
The
festival
literally
means

“the
Great
Night
of
Shiva”.

Maha Shivaratri 2022 fasting rules and rituals: Tips to get you through the Day

It
is
observed
on
the
Chaturdashi
Tithi,
Krishna
Paksha
of
Phalguna
month
that
signifies
the
defeat
of
ignorance
and
darkness.

Unlike
other
parts
of
India,
Maha
Shivratri
is
celebrated
for
two
days
by
Kashmiri
Pandits.

The
legends
of
Mahashivratri
come
from
different
stories,
one
is
how
Shiva
swallowed
Halahala
poison
to
save
the
world,
another
is
that
Mahashivratri
is
the
anniversary
of
Lord
Shiva
and
Goddess
Parvati’s
marriage.
Devotees
keep
fast,
chant
prayers
and
keep
an
all-night
vigil
on
Maha
Shivratri.

Though,
there
are
no
strict
rules
for
praying
to
Bholenath.
However,
there
simple
things
that
one
must
avoid
on
this
auspicious
occasion:

Wake
up
early,
take
a
bath
and
wear
clean
clothes
for
pujaChant
OM
Namah
Shivaya
as
many
times
as
possible.It
is
advisable
not
to
wear
black
for
Mahashivaratri
poojas.
Hence,
if
you
are
fasting
or
going
to
the
Shiva
temple,
choose
colours
such
as
red,
pink
and
yellow.It
is
advised
to
fast
with
fruits
or
foods
(Kheer
or
Halwa)
that
are
easily
digestible.
t
is
advisable
if
devotees
stay
away
from
food
items
such
made
from
rice,
wheat,
and
pulses.One
should
especially
make
sure
that
the
elders
in
the
house
are
not
hurt.
Make
extra
efforts
to
help
them
and
try
to
avoid
confrontations
with
them.Do
not
offer
vermillion
(sindoor/kumkum)
to
the
Shiva
Linga.

According
to
the
ancient
Hindu
scriptures,
one
must
never
offer
Tulsi
(holy
basil)
to
Lord
Shiva.
The
reason
is
that
Tulsi
is
considered
to
be
an
auspicious
offering
made
only
to
Lord
Vishnu.
Hence,
Tulsi
is
forbidden
from
Shiva
poojas.

Lord
Shiva
had
cursed
these
flowers,
hence
both
Champa
and
Ketki
must
never
be
used
in
Shiva
prayers
instead
offering
Bel
Patra
is
a
part
of
worshipping
the
‘Shivling’.Do
not
consume
tobacco
or
alcohol.Don’t
do
a
full
parikrama
of
the
Shiva
Linga.
Go
around
in
a
semi-circle
and
return
to
where
you
started
from.Do
not
offer
coconut
water
to
Shiva
Linga.

Story first published: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 10:23 [IST]



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