Maha Shivaratri is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated annually in India and Nepal in honor of Lord Shiva. The Festival marks the day of the celebration of marriage of Shiva. The festival falls in luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the months of February and March. The word Maha Shivaratri means “The great night of Shiv”. It is one of the major festivals in Hinduism.
Who is Shiv?
In the spiritual journey, Shiv means consciousness and Lord Pravati means nature. This is symbolic identity of lord Shiv and Pravati and it also represents all living things. The Shiv means time, also treated as Mahakal. The ultimate and final appearance of Shiv is Mahakal. The whole universe and all existence are operating with just three facts that is Consciousness, Nature, and Time. Without these three things the existence of any items including universe is not possible. This is how Shiv is the ultimate source of universe.
Hindu people worship lord Shiv as the god of all causes including creator, operator and destroyer. But in fact we cannot define Shiv by any words or anything and it is always hard to introduce Shiv. Knowing the Shiv is only possible, if we follow spiritual way. Without knowing any spiritual things, we cannot know about him. However, it is not hard as we talk, Shiv is the god who can quickly become happy and appear soon if we worship him heartily.
In the spiritual journey, the Sadhus say the nothingness is Shiv. They say, the whole universe and all existence came from nothingness and also it goes to nothingness. This continues again and again and the life cycle of universe continues. It is similar to the concept of black whole. This is way of finding Shiv. This is why Maha Shiv Ratri is also worshipped in the night, which denotes nothingness or black.
If we know little about the metaphysics, we can understand what is Shiv reality. Though, this is not only the good answer enough. Shiv means everything and that everything denotes Shiv, who is regulating all the things.
How to celebrate Maha Shivaratri?
The festival is observed by remembering the greatness of Shiv. We all devotee can chants his name, go for fasting and meditation on ethics and virtues such as honesty. In the day we cannot injure to any other however, it is not good in other day as well. So we must try to celebrate Maha Shivaratri whole year by following the spiritual way. Forgiveness, truthfulness, happiness and honesty are the main pillar of finding Shiv.
Those who are ardent devotees remains awake the whole nights. Other devotees visit Shiv temples or pilgrimage. Pashupatinath is the most crowded temples compared with others. Other temples and Shivalaya “Shiv’s Home” also remains full with devotees. The origin date of Maha Shiv Rati festival is unknown. It may celebrate since the whole creation of universe was happen for the first time. This is what we can observe in the Maha Shiv Ratri festival.
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