Maha Shivratri 2019 Date in India: Maha Shivratri is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals which is celebrated in reverence of Lord Shiva. It marks the end of winter and the onset of spring, and is believed to be the day of convergence of Shiva and Shakti.
Maha Shivratri, which translates to ‘great night of Shiva’ is a festival celebrated by the devotees of Lord Shiva across India. The festival is celebrated on the fourth night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun or Magh. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, who is considered to be the ‘destroyer of evil’, according to Hindu mythology. This year it falls on March 4.
It is believed that the stars in the northern hemisphere are at optimum positions on this day, and help raise the spiritual energy of a person.
The festival also marks the end of winters and the onset of spring, and is believed to be the day of convergence of Shiva and Shakti. The Chaturdashi Tithi this year begins at 4.28 pm and ends at 7.07 am (March 5). Unlike most other festivals, Maha Shivaratri is observed at night and is a solemn occasion. Most people observe a fast on this day and offer prayers and fruits at temples. The celebrations also include an all-night vigil at temples, which are adorned with lights and colourful decorations. This is also a time to focus on restraint, forgiveness, repentance, honesty and kindness.
Mahashivratri 2019 Puja Timings and Muhurat
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins : 4:28 pm on March 4
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends : 7:07 pm on March 5