Shivratri, the great day of Lord Shiva and a big day for His followers, ushers in a mood of prayer, fasting and vigil. It is one of the major Hindu festivals, where people across the country observe the proceedings of this auspicious day. Mahashivratri falls on the 13th night and the 14th day of Krishna Paksha in the Maaga month of the Hindu calander.
While most of the Hindu festivals involve feasting and rejoicing, Shivratri is about fasting and prayer, focusing one’s attention on Lord Shiva. The Shiva temples are a buzz with people gathering for worship throughout the day, where special poojas are offered to the Lord from day break. People offer Bilva leaves to the Lord, which is considered auspicious.
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