Shivratri is the festival which is most famous among ceremonial and fasting for Lord Shivas devotees. The fasting and staying vigil overnight of Maha Shivratri can confer the liberation and remove the sins of devotees. The devotees commemorate the puja and holy bath to Shivling in Shiva temples. The celebration of Shivratri takes place all over India with great celebration. Devotees from all parts of the world observe fast on this day. The devotees should wake up early in the morning and take a bath in the sacred river. Wearing new and fresh clothes and the devotee pray or visit the Shiva temple. The devotees get blessed with comfort and princely life. A devotee gets a permanent place in Lord Shivas abode after liberation and death from the cycles of death-birth. The virtues of Shivratri vrat are considered to be several times more than performing Ashwamedha yagya.
The devotee performs bath to Shiva Linga in the temple by offering milk, holy water, honey, flowers, and other puja material. In Shiva Puja, devotees chant the name of Lord Shiva while praying and worshiping him. The devotees even pray whole night at their home or temple.
Fasting rules of Shivratri
The fasting on Shivratri starts at dawn and continue all through the day and night. The fasting includes the next day during a certain time as suggested by Panchang. You can increase the benefits of fasting on this day by a night long vigil during Shivratri. The vigil is accompanied by Shiva puja which is performed in the temple or home. The fast is strict and the fast consists of abstaining from drinks and food. The other milder forms of fast consist of consuming fruits, milk, and water. The other important aspect which is a part of this fast is abstaining from bad thoughts, bad words and bad company. The observer must practice virtue and keep away from other negative influence. Many devotees chant Shiva Mantra and prayers of Lord Shiva in temple premises. The glory of the Lord is a beneficial activity which is advised by the devotees. The essence Maha Shivratri lies in fasting and vigil can create of mastery of senses and learning to control the desires. The power of Lord Shiva blesses the devotees with a pure state of mind and help in purifying the body, mind, and soul. Askganesha has learned Purohits and can help in performing the Lord Shiva puja and mantra recitation. We can perform the puja on your behalf in our temple and send you timely images and videos of the same.