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Why do we celebrate Shivratri?

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Asked by rima, 12 Feb '10 01:38 pm
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Maha Shivratri or Maha Sivaratri or Shivaratri or Sivaratri (Night of Shiva or "Great Night of Shiva") is a festival celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month ofMaagha (as per Shalivahana or Gujarati Vikrama) orPhalguna (as per Vikrama) in the Hindu Calendar (that is, the night before and day of the new moon). The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, all day fasting and an all night long vigil. Ganga is traditionally used as an offering for Lord Shiva and his followers.Per scriptural and discipleship traditions, the penances are performed in order to gain boons in the practice of Yoga and meditation, in order to reach the goal more swiftly and avoid rebirth.In another version, it is believed that the whole world was once facing destruction and the GoddessParvati worshipped her husband Shiva to save it. She prayed for the Jivas (living souls) remaining in space like particles of ...more
Answered by Josna, 12 Feb '10 02:07 pm

 
  
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Married females celebrate to make their husband like lord SIVA where as males celebrate to make their wife like SATI.....the story is like this........today is not the wedding day of lord SIVA & PARVATI......Sitalsasthi (jaistha sukla sasthi-21day of jaistha ) is the wedding day of Lord SIVA.......the story is.....when Dakshya prajapati refused to invite his son-inlaw(SIVA) to the auspicious yagyan then his daughter SATI(wife of Lord siva) felt offended and imolate herself.....when SIVA heard the news he came and started the TAANDAB with the dead body of Mata SATI on his shoulder..........when it continued for a longer time.....then Lord Vishnu planned and Mata PARVATI took birth from the womb of MAINA and the father was , the king of Mountain HAIMAVAH.......narad came and informed to lord siva that Devi SATI took birth as PARVATI at HIMALAYA(Kailash)......then lord SIVA calmed down........on this day, married women keep fast in a desire that , their husband should love them like lord ...more
Answered by pradeep mishra, 12 Feb '10 01:48 pm

 
  
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Birthday of shivji
Answered by anil garg, 07 Nov '10 01:12 am

 
  
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It is a rememberance of the night on which lord sia gave darshan and blessed rudra, who had unknowingly performed abhishek of lord shiva
Answered by rajnikant raiyarela, 12 Feb '10 06:20 pm

 
  
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Marriage of Shiva and Shakti
The legend of marriage of Shiva and Shakti is one the most important legends related to the festival of Mahashivaratri. The story tells us how Lord Shiva got married a second time to Shakti, his divine consort. According to legend of Shiva and Shakti, the day Lord Shiva got married to Parvati is celebrated as Shivaratri - the Night of Lord Shiva.

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Legend goes that once Lord Shiva and his wife Sati or Shakti were returning from sage Agastyas ashram after listening to Ram Katha or story of Ram. On their way through a forest, Shiva saw Lord Rama searching for his wife Sita who had been kidnapped by Ravana, the King of Lanka. Lord Shiva bowed his head in reverence to Lord Rama. Sati was surprised by Lord Shivas behavior and inquired why he was paying obeisance to a mere mortal. Shiva informed Sati that Rama was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Sati, however, was not satisfied with the reply and Lord asked her to go and verify the truth for herself ...more
Answered by manoj kumar, 12 Feb '10 02:48 pm

 
  
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