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When is Shivaratri?

Shivaratri 2010 is on
February 12, Friday

When is ShivaratriAuspicious
festival of Mahashivaratri falls on the 13th or the 14th night of the
new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun.
The Sanskrit term, Krishna Paksha means the period of waning moon or the
dark fortnight and Phalguna corresponds to the month of February – March
in English Calendar. Shivaratri Festival is celebrated on a moonless
night.

According to Hindu mythology, Shivaratri or ‘Shiva’s Great Night’
symbolizes the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Many however,
believe, Shivaratri is the night when Lord Shiva performed the Tandava
Nritya
– the dance of primordial creation, preservation and
destruction. Celebrating the festival in a customary manner, devotees
give a ritual bath to the Lingam with the panchagavya – milk,
sour milk, urine, butter and dung. Celebrations of Shivaratri Festival
mainly take place at night. Devotees of Lord Shiva throng Shiva temples
across the country and spend ‘the Night of Lord Shiva’ by
chanting verses and hymns in praise of the Lord. The festival holds
special meaning for the ladies. They pray to Goddess Parvati also called
‘Gaura’, the giver of ‘suhag’ for good husbands, marital bliss and a
long and prosperous married life.

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