Shivaratri is considered as the day when Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Linga. This day also marks the merging of Shiva and Shakti (the male and female energies) into one form. Month after month, Shivratri is celebrated on the Chaturdashi (fourteenth day) of Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the lunar month). It means Masik Shivaratri falls one day before Amavasya during every month. Maha Shivaratri comes once in a year in Magha month (Amanta calendar) or Phalguna (Purnimanta calendar).
What is done on Masik Shivaratri
The essential components of celebrating Shivaratri are puja to Lord Shiva, fasting and observing vigil over the night.
Those who observe Masik Shivaratri vrat do Shiva puja in their homes with sixteen types of offerings and conclude with arati. Some special dishes are prepared for offering to the Lord. This is distributed to devotees as prasad after the puja.
People visit Shiva temples on this day to offer their worship and prayers.
The fasting for Masik Shivaratri commences in the morning and ends in the evening after Shiva puja.
Some people observe vigil over the night of Masik Shivaratri and keep chanting the names, mantras and sacred chants of Lord Shiva.
The Benefits of Masik Shivaratri Puja
Blesses the devotees with long life and freedom from karmas
Cures incurable diseases and promotes overall health and happiness
The household is blessed with peace, prosperity and wealth
Removes all fears and promotes self-confidence and success
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