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Maha Shivaratri

Legend says that on this night Lord Shiva, the great god of destruction (who is also the restorer), danced the Tandav, his celestial dance of Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. Hindu devotees eat only once on the day before this "Night of Shiva," and then fast and tell stories about him. In India, pilgrims throng the Shiva shrines in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu), Kalahasti (Andhra Pradesh), and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), where special celebrations are held. Mandi in Himachal Pradesh becomes one big party. Devotees carry deities on temple chariots, and there are folk dances and folk music. More...
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Maha Shivaratri is the most important festival for millions of devotees of Lord Shiva. The festival has been accorded a lot of significance in Hindu mythology. It is said that the sins of a devotee who observes the day with utmost sincerity and devotion is washed away and he attains moksha.
Maha Shivaratri, which literally means the ‘The Great Night of Shiva’ is celebrated in the dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha on the 13th day or the 14th night of Phalguna or Maagha month (that is February or March as per the English calendar). Devotees worship and offer sacrifices to Shivalingam as part of their prayers to the god.

According to popular mythology, during Samudra Manthan, or when the gods and the demons churned the great ocean to obtain nectar out of it to become immortal, a pot of poison emerged out of the great waters first. The poison was so powerful that nobody even touched it. But Shiva agreed to get rid of the poison by consuming it. He carefully held the poison in his throat, which turned blue due to its effect. On Maha Shivaratri, devotees show their gratitude to the god for thus having saved the world.
According to another legend, this is the day when Shiva performed Tandava or the dance of creation, preservation and destruction. This is also believed to be the night when Shiva and Parvati got married.

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