Shivratri 2024 Date, Time and Mahurat, Rituals, Significance, History

A yearly Hindu holiday known as Maha Shivaratri is held in February or March to honour the god Shiva. This year Maha Shivratri will be celebrated on March 8, 2024. Drik panchang states that Maha Shivratri will be observed on Chaturdashi Tithi from the evening of March 8 to the evening of March 9. 

Shivratri 2024 Date 

On the beginning of the fourteenth day of the Falgun month’s declining phase, Maha Shivratri is observed. The faithful of Lord Shiva celebrate this holiday, and they look forward to Maha Shivratri coming each year. 

Shiva and Shakti’s marriage is symbolized on this day. The date of Maha Shivratri is set for March 8, 2024. Devotees observe Shiva puja and participate in vigils and rituals from dawn until night on this day. 

The 14 days of the Krishna Paksha in the Magha month is Maha Shivratri, as determined by the South Indian Panchang. Maha Shivratri is the name given to the monthly Shivratri that falls in the month of Phalguna in the northern part of Indian Panchang.

Shivratri 2024 Time and Mahurat

The 14 days of the Falgun month’s worth of dwindling period,  the Panchang, will start at 09:57 PM on Friday, March 8, 2024, and end at 06:17 PM on March 9, 2024. Since the Shivratri pooja is performed at night, the exact moment of sunrise is not important.

  • Nishita Kaal timing – 9 March 2024, at 12:07 AM
  • Vrat Parana Time: March 9, 2024, from 06:37 AM to 03:28 PM 

MahaShivratri Four Times of Prahar Puja in 2024:

  • First Prahar Puja Time – When sunset: 06:25 PM to Nighttime: 09:28 PM
  • Secondly Prahar Puja Time – At night: 09:28 PM to the start Morning: 12:31 AM (March 9)
  • Thirdly Prahar Puja Time – Morning The early hours: 12:31 AM to 03:34 AM
  • Fourth Prahar Puja Time: 03:34 to 06:37 AM in the early morning hours

What are the Rituals of Shivratri? 

Rather than being a joyous celebration, Maha Shivaratri is 24 hours dedicated to self-examination, meditation, and self-restraint. The festival’s customs and traditions are intended to please Lord Shiva, who is a devotee and penitent person. 

A jagaran, or all-night fast and meditations, are part of the festival because Shaiva Hindus regard this night as a means of “conquering blackness and misunderstanding” in a person’s existence and humanity via Shiva. 

Shiva is worshiped with vegetables, fruits, sweets, and milk donations. Some people also engage in contemplative yoga and fast throughout the day in a tantric or Vedic ceremony. The holy Panchakshari phrase of Shiva, “Om Namah Shivaya,” is repeated all day long in Shiva temples. 

Praise for Shiva is expressed by devotees reciting the Shiv Chalisa song. The following are a few particular customs and rituals that people observe on Mahashivratri:

  • Fasting all-day
  • Reciting the mantra Panchakshara
  • Going to a Hindu temple
  • Supplicating to Lord Shiva
  • Putting self-control, confession, and repentance into practice

Significance of Shivratri 

Numerous traditions explain the significance of Maha Shivaratri, a Hindu holiday observed on the night of development, conservation, and devastation. 

Offerings to Shiva images are made annually as a means of atoning for past transgressions and making the journey to Mount Kailasa for emancipation. It is thought to be the evening when Shiva conducted the divine dance of birth and Parvati got married. 

The celebration has a long history, and dance customs are quite important. Shiva is also said to have swallowed the halacha generated on this specific day while performing Samudra Manthana and held it in his collarbone, causing it to blister and become blue. 

History of Shivratri 

Devotees hold fasts and venerate Lord Shiva, also known as Mahadev, during the intensely popular celebration of Maha Shivratri. There are various common myths about Lord Shiva throughout the nation, as well as in other regions of Nepal and the West Indies. 

“The grand night of Shiva” is how Maha Shivratri is translated. By mythology, Lord Shiva, the Trimurti destructive, conducts his celestial dance, or “tandav,” on the eve of Shiv Ratri. One mythical tale states that Shiv Ratri commemorates the day that Lord Shiva with Parvati, the Hindu goddess. 

Numerous individuals perform the wedding ceremony of Shiva, the deity, and Parvati, the Hindu goddess on this day. Put differently, Shivratri is believed to be the night that Shiva and Shakti unite, symbolizing the harmony of the masculine and feminine powers.

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