Mahashivratri 8 March 2024 Date, timings , puja ,fast , Rituals, Significance etc

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New Delhi : If you want to get rid of all your sorrows by seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati then prepare your hearts and mark your calendars as Mahashivratri, the auspicious festival worshiping Lord Shiva, is fast approaching. This year, Mahashivratri will be celebrated with great enthusiasm on March 8, 2024. Known for its spiritual power, Mahashivratri is all about how you can get the divine blessings of the Supreme God, Lord Shiva and his divine consort, Mata Parvati. This is what we are going to tell you in this article.

When is Mahashivratri in 2024

Mahashivratri 2024: This time Mahashivratri will be celebrated on 8 March. This day is considered most special to get the blessings of Lord Shiva. According to mythological belief, Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati got married on the day of Mahashivratri.

On what date is Mahashivratri in March?

According to the Panchang, Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month will start from 09.47 pm on 08 March. This date will end the next day on March 9 at 06:17 pm. On the day of Mahashivratri fast, Lord Shiva is worshiped during Nishita period, hence Mahashivratri fast will be observed this year on 08 March 2024, Friday.

How many Mahashivratri are there in a year?

While Shivratri occurs every month, Mahashivratri occurs once a year. Shivratri is celebrated on the fourteenth day of every lunar month. In simple words, it is also the day before Amavasya. This is Shivratri; It is considered unique for the worship of Lord Shiva and occurs 12 times a year.

Maha Shivratri 2024

Shivratri is a great festival of union of Shiva and Shakti. According to the South Indian calendar, the festival of Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the Chaturdashi date of Krishna Paksha of Magh month. According to the North Indian calendar, the monthly Shivaratri falling in the month of Phalgun is celebrated as Maha Shivaratri. The only difference between the two calendars is the tradition of naming the months, because in both the systems Shivratri is celebrated on the same day.

Maha Shivratri 2024 fasting method

One day before Shivratri, i.e. on Trayodashi Tithi, devotees should consume food only once. On the day of Shivratri, after performing daily rituals in the morning, devotees should take a pledge to fast for the whole day. During the Sankalp, devotees should repeat their vows in their mind and seek blessings from Lord Shiva to complete the fast smoothly. In Hindu religion, fasts are difficult; to complete them, devotees should have faith and belief in their worship and wish for their completion without any hindrance.

On the day of Shivratri, devotees should worship or go to the temple only after taking bath in the evening. Lord Shiva should be worshiped at night and the fast should be broken the next day after bathing. To get the full benefits of the fast, devotees should end the fast between sunrise and sunset on Chaturdashi Tithi. But, according to another belief, the correct time to end the fast is said to be after Chaturdashi Tithi. Both the concepts are contradictory. But, it is believed that both Shiva puja and Parana (conclusion of the fast) should be done before the Chaturdashi tithi sets.

Maha Shivratri Muhurat 2024: A Divine Timeline

Immerse yourself in divine fervor as Maha Shivratri unfolds with celestial precision. Nishita Kaal Puja commences from 12:07 AM to 12:56 AM on March 9th, 2024, while Shivratri Paran Time extends from 06:37 AM to 03:29 PM. The night resonates with spiritual resonance, offering devotees the opportunity to engage in Pratham Prahar Puja, Ratri II Prahar Puja, Ratri Tritiya Prahar Puja, and Ratri Chaturtha Prahar Puja, spanning the auspicious period from sunset on March 8th to the early hours of March 9th, 2024.

Shivratri puja can be done once or four times during the night. There are four phases of the night, and Shiva worship can be done in each phase. Drik Panchang has listed the time and duration of the four Prahars of the night for its devotees, so that the devotees can easily worship the four Prahars. Nishita time is also provided here, this is the time when Lord Shiva incarnated on earth in his Linga form. Devotees can also see the time of completion of the fast on the Panchang.

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