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A Guide to Celebrating Maha Shivaratri Puja and Fasting in 2023

Maha Shivaratri is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in India. It falls on February 18, 2023 and marks the day Lord Shiva was born. Hindus celebrate this day with great devotion by observing a fast and worshipping Lord Shiva.

What is Maha Shivratri?

Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm. It is held in honor of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who are considered to be the divine couple of Hinduism. The festival marks the wedding anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, which is believed to have taken place on this day. Maha Shivratri is celebrated with great pomp in different parts of India where devotees offer prayers to Lord Shiva and seek his blessings for health, wealth and prosperity. People observe fasts on this day as a mark of respect to the divine couple.

How to Perform a Traditional Maha Shivaratri Puja at Home?

The puja for Maha Shivaratri involves Puja Abhishek, chanting mantras, offering flowers to Lord Shiva, lighting diyas or lamps around the house, and performing aarti (worship). A part from these rituals, devotees should also abstain from consuming food or water during the day as part of their fasting ritual.

We will tell you some steps. With the help of these steps, you can worship Lord Shiva and perform Puja on Maha Shivratri.

  • The devotees have to get up early in the morning and take a bath.
  • After taking a bath, you should wear clean, washed clothes.
  • Take the blessings of Lord Shiva.
  • Now with your family or alone, visit the Shiv Temple and worship the Shiv Linga.
  • Now offer Bael leaves, Datura flowers, Panchamrat, Bhang and Prashad that you made at home etc. to Shiv Linga.
  • At the end of your prayers, do the Aarti of Lord Shiva.

Understand the Significance of Fasting

Observing a fast on Maha Shivaratri has many benefits. It helps in purifying the mind, body, and soul and increases spiritual strength. It brings peace of mind and helps to stay away from negative thoughts. By observing a fast on this day will help to reduce bad karma and bring prosperity into one’s life.

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