The incalculable faith in the power of the God of all Gods, Lord Shiva is profuse. Hindu devotees believe that Shivaratri is an occasion which purifies one’s mind, body and soul. Shivaratri is not remarked only once in a year but in every month of the year, which is known as Masik Shivaratri. It will be observed on the 3rd of May 2019.
Masik Shivaratri occurs on Chaturdashi of each month during the Krishna Paksha. According to the Amavasyant School, the Shivaratri that occurs in the month of Magha is celebrated as Maha Shivaratri but as per the Purnimant School, Maha Shivaratri occurs in the month of Phalgun.
What is Shivratri?
It is believed that on the pious day of Shivaratri, Shakti and Shiva talk to each other and create an aura of love and peace.
Why is Shivratri celebrated?
Shivaratri is a devoted festival of Hindus which is celebrated to honour Lord Shiva and his eternal power. According to the Hindu scriptures and researches, a pot filled with poison evacuated from the ocean during the Samudra Manthan. It terrified all the evil spirits and even the Gods. People in those times believed that the poison pot will destroy the earth and they will all die. So they approached Lord Shiva as he was the one who could be trusted to help in that situation. So Lord Shiva came forward and drank the poison. He did not swallow it but kept it in his throat. The poison thus turned his throat blue. This is the reason he is also referred to as Neelkanth. So to honour him and celebrate his extraordinary powers to save the earth, Shivaratri is celebrated.
Benefits of fasting on Shivaratri
There are numerous and matchless benefits of fasting on Shivaratri. It helps you sort out your health-related issues, it provides you with immense happiness, love, mental peace, career growth, strength and a lot more. One must always be prayerful to Lord Shiva and believe in his eternal powers. He is our saviour and will always protect us.
Har Har Mahadev!!