Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated by devotees of Lord Shiva every year. Also called ‘Great Night of Lord Shiva’ according to the Gregorian calendar, occurs in February. According to Hindu calendar, this festival is celebrated in the month of Phalguna (फागुन ). The festival signifies the defeat of darkness and incomprehension. This year, Mahashivratri (Maha Shivaratri 2018) is on February 13, 2018. To mark the day, devotees take part in remembering Lord Shiva, chanting his prayers, keeping a fast, as well as contemplating.
Date and Time of Maha Shivaratri 2018
Mahashivratri Puja Timings (Maha Shivaratri 2018) this year have been given as starting at 12:08 AM on February 14th and will end at 1 AM in the morning, the same day. In the morning, the best timing for Shiva Puja is 7.30 a.m. to 3.20 p.m. The Puja can be staged once or four times during the night, depending on how dedicated devoted one is to the immortal. Commonly, the fast is broken only after the Puja is over and after bathing in the morning.
Puja vidhi of Mahashivratri
The way fasting is done is getting changed time to time. The perform puja (Maha Shivaratri 2018) and to make lord shiva happy. The devotee should visit Shiva Temple and should do Shivalinga darshan and seek blessings. The visit gets over before noon as after that temples are shut for the evening darshan.
The next day
On next day an Abhishek should be performed on Shiva idols in the temple.
Here are the ingredients of Abhishek-
A proper Abhishek of linga is done using ingredients such as milk, rose water, sandalwood paste, yogurt, honey, ghee, sugar, and water.
The Shiva linga is offered various things like the bilva leaves (बेलपत्र), bilva fruits (फल बेल ) and dhatura(धतूरा). Devotees fast during the entire day and don’t eat anything except fruits and juices. Some devotees don’t have anything at all during the whole day, not even water. In some cases, devotees generally have one meal in the evening, before the Puja that is to begin post-midnight.