SIGNIFICANCE OF MAHA SHIVRATRI!
MAHA SHIVRATRI 2021-WHY IS IT CELEBRATED?
Maha Shivratri is also known as the Night of Lord Shiva is an important festival celebrated by Hindus around the world. It is the darkest day of the month and refers to the night where Lord Shiva performs the heavenly dance.
Devotees of Shiva stay awake the entire night on this auspicious day to seek blessings either at home or in the kovil. Some perform pujas, chant mantras, practice meditation. These sacred practices bestow a sense of peace within us and with the world.
5 IMPORTANT FACTS TO FOCUS DURING SHIVRATRI PUJA
- Taking bath to purify the soul, mind, and body.
- Applying turmeric paste to the Shiva Lingam.
- Offering fruits, flowers, sweets, and festive essentials to get long life and satisfaction of desires.
- The lighting of diyas.
- Offering betel/pan leaves
MAHA SHIVRATRI VRAT (VIRATHAM)
The most beautiful element considered during Maha Shivratri is its characteristic fasting or the Mahashivratri Vrat/Viratham. The vrat/Viratham marks a very important significance for every Shiva devotee. Many of them observe a special fast consisting of fruits along with plenty of water and milk to keep themselves hydrated.
The completion of the Vrat/Viratham is all about offering various food items including milk, fruits, honey, ghee, sweets, incense sticks, camphor, swamy pattu, and betel/pan leaves to invoke the blessing of Lord Shiva.
MAHA SHIVRATRI SPECIAL DIET
Here is all you need to know about the special diet to serve on Maha Shivratri.
Simple and yummy dishes such as Aloo Kadhi, Aloo Tikki, Aloo Khichdi can be served as an afternoon meal.
Milk-Based Beverages and Desserts
Fruits play an important role in various festivals. Thus, you can indulge in the forms of chaat, fruit salads, and fruit milkshakes. Almonds, walnuts, dates, cashews, and raisins are the perfect choice for munching options.
HAPPY MAHA SHIVRATRI 2021!
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