Maha Shivratri is being celebrated in India amid terror threats following a warning that 10 terrorists had sneakd into India.
As Shivratri fever got ubderway on Mondat, Marc 7, People have been making beeline to Lord Shiva temples across the country. The annual Hindu festival of Shivaratri falls on the 13th night and 14th day of the Phalguna or Maagh month in Hindu calendar and this year it has fallen on March 7, 2016.
The day is auspicious as Hindus as the legend goes that it was the day when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married, bringing together two of the greatest forces in the universe. Lord Shiva is also the ‘destroyer’ of the Universe in the trinity od Hindu Gods. He is also the God of Yoga and dance in Hindy mythology.
On Maha Shivratri, Hindu women keep fasting and awake the whole night called “Jagaran” marked by bhajans and visiting temples. They believe that it appeases Parvati, wife of Shiva who is believed to be the goddess of love, fertility and devotion. Unmarried girls believe that devotion on the day brings them marital bliss and long married life.
As Hindu tradition goes, Lord Shiva is never seen in his human form in any temple but takes the shape of the Shiva ling, phallus or the tatue that represents the power of Shiva and his masculinity. It is believed that the Shiva ling represents the seed of the universe and performing abhishek or bathing in water, milk and honey today is considered auspicious. Maha Rudrabhishek is performed today in many temples of Shiva today to ward off negative energy around us.