Significance of Mahashivratri

A Hindu festival that is celebrated in honor of God Shiva is Maha Shivratri where Shiva performs a heavenly dance that night.

It is one of the important festivals in Hinduism which is celebrated and marks the remembrance of overcoming ignorance and darkness in life.

It is celebrated every lunisolar month once a year in late winter around February March. These two words Maha Shivratri means the “great night of Shiva”.

great night of shiva

Maha Shivratri is one of the largest and most significant sacred festivals of India. The festival celebrates the grace of Shiva who is considered the Adi Guru, also known as the first Guru from whom the yogic tradition originates.

There is a powerful natural evolution of energy in the human system because the planetary position on this night is considered to be lucky and also the darkest night of the Year.

It is beneficial for one’s physical and spiritual well-being to stay awake and be aware of a vertical poster throughout the night.


Why We Celebrate Mahashivratri

This day Lord Shiva is remembered along with chanting prayers, fasting, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as honesty, non-injury to anyone, forgiveness, and positive things to happen in life.

Offerings of fruits, leaves, sweet, and milk are made to Lord Shiva. The celebration includes “Jaagran” which means all-night prayer and performs all-day fasting with the worship of Shiva. People do chant “Om Namah Shivaya” in the temple throughout the day and praise Lord Shiva.



There is different importance for different legends of the festival Maha Shivratri. It is to be believed that Shiva dances creation, preservation, and destruction on that day.

The significance of dance tradition has a historical root. The event called Natyanjali which means worship through dance at Chidambaram Temple is one of the famous sculptures which depicts that all dance mudras in the ancient Hindu text of performance at are called Natya Shastra.


Astrological Significance of Mahashivratri

It is believed by many of them and for some of them it is a story but there is a saying that on this particular day Lord Shiva gulped Halahala which was produced during Samudra Manthan and he held it in his neck which bruised and turned blue after which he was named as Neelkanth.

It is also believed that the famous Neelkanth Mahadev temple is the place where this incident took place.


Celebrate MahaShivRatri with Sadhguru (ISHA Foundation)

There is the video of Sadguru where he talks about that is Maha Shivaratri festival, science, or religion?

He responses to a question on whether a youth should celebrate Maha Shivratri and whether it is an outdated religious ritual in Modern Times. Sadguru speaks about the science and the significance of Maha Shivratri he looks at why one should stay awake on this night to read the maximum benefits of the natural evolution of energy that takes place in the Northern hemisphere.



In the video, there is a very clear description of the different angles of planets in the solar system which basically is considered the topic of science. This is the reason why Maha Shivratri day is considered to be the darkest night of the Year but according to religion some have different concepts and thinking.

India is a diverse country with diverse religions. Each religion is considered to be auspicious for everyone believing its important.

One must celebrate that festival on that day so it is a very grateful thing that people are taking initiative to keep that significance and following it.

Kamya Shah


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