Maha Shivratri 2020: Maha Shivaratri is a major festival in Hinduism annually observed in honour of Lord Shiva which is also known as the ‘PadmaRajaRatri’ and ‘The Great Night of Shiva’. On this day devotees worship Lord Shiva, observe a strict fast and do various religious activities to please Lord Shiva. Devotees further believe that by pleasing Lord Shiva on the auspicious Shivaratri day, a person is absolved of his/ her past sins and is blessed with Moksha or salvation.
The day marks a remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance in life and the world. It is said that Maha Shivaratri marks the anniversary of the cosmic dance performed by Lord Shiva.
Shivratri is celebrated on the 14th day of every month, one day before the new moon. Among the 12 Shivratri’s celebrated in a year, Mahashivratri is the most important one generally celebrated in February or March depending upon the planetary position. Accordingly this year’s Maha Shivaratri falls on Friday, February 21, 2020.
Married women pray to observe fast on Maha Shivratri for the well being of their husbands and sons, whereas unmarried girls pray for a husband like Shiva, who is considered to be the ideal husband.