The auspicious Hindu festival in reverence of the dweller of mountains, Lord Shiva, Maha Shivaratri is going to be celebrated on today. The day holds a lot of significance in the Hindu mythology. The festival Mahashivaratri is where Lord Shiva is said to have performed the mighty dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction, Tandava Nirthya. The festival is also significant as Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva are said to be married second time.
On the occasion, devotees are said to offer bael leaves to worship Lord Shiva, perform fasting and all night long purposeful sleeplessness. Panchakshara mantra is ideal to be chanted to please Lord Shiva, the bearer of river Ganga. By worshipping Lord Shiva on the day will bring a lot of positive energy in the body and soul. There is a famous belief that it might always rain on the day of Mahashivaratri.
Lord Shiva (also quoted as Siva) is one of the special trinity gods mentioned in the Hindu mythology. What makes him special is his unparallel appeal and gesture when compared with any other Hindu Gods. With a majestic and fearsome trident and a detrimental third eye, Lord Shiva possesses an exceptional iconography, that the religious sentiment towards Lord Shiva is exceptionally unique in every devotee.
Adjacent to Mahashivaratri, the registration for Amarnath Yatra, one of the divine pilgrimages in worshipping Lord Shiva has also commenced from February 28. Lord Shiva worshippers can register their pilgrimage to Amarnath cave and witness the ice stalagmite, which is considered as the Shiva Linga in the Hindu myths. Amarnath Yatra will span 48 days starting from July 2 to August 18. According to the legend, it is said that Lord Shiva detailed the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort Parvati in Amarnath cave.
Different names of Shiva
According to the traditions, the names of Lord Shiva are numerous. However following are some of the popular among them to know on this Maha Shivaratri:
Maheswara, Lingeswara, Rudra (God of anger), Kailasapathi (Lord of Kailash), Gangadhar (bearer of Ganga), Jatadhari (because of matted hair), Siddheshwar (the perfect being), Trisuldhari (bearer of trident), Umapathi/ Parvathipathi (husband of Uma), Nararaja (master of dance forms), Hari Har (association with Lord Vishnu).