Mahashivratri will be celebrated on February 24 this year. It is said that on this day, Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati. It is also believed that on the night of Mahashivratri, Lord Shiva performed the Tandava dance. On this holy day, devotees observe rigorous fast and chant shlokas to get rid of their sins. Devotees perform traditional puja by offering milk, water, bel leaves and fruits to the Shiva Linga and chant ‘Shivji Ki Jai’. Maha Shivratri celebrations begin with a ritual bath at home or a holy river like the Ganga. It is said that if females worship Goddess Parvati with devotion, then the Goddess grants them a good husband.
The meaning of the term Mahashivratri is the ‘Great Night of Shiva’, which falls on the 13th night and 14th day of the New Moon day. Mahashivratri is a festival of the union of two main powers, Lord Shiva and Shakti. According to the Hindu calendar, it is said that the Chaturdashi Tithi that takes place during the Krishna Paksha in the Magha month is known as Mahashivratri.