Ashwin Shivaratri: History, Significance, Puja Vidhi, Samagri And Muhurat
Every month, Mask falls on the Chaturdashi tithi of Shivaratri Krishna Paksha. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated to mark the appearance of Lord Shiva in the form of Linga. Shiva Linga was first worshiped by Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. It is also celebrated as the union of Shiva and Shakti. The monthly celebration is known as Musk Shivaratri, and Maha Shivaratri is celebrated only once every year.
This year, according to the Hindu calendar, Musk Shivaratri falls on March 1 in the month of Falgan. Devotees can start celebrating Musk Shivaratri starting from Maha Shivaratri and then fast on Krishna Chaturdashi every month.
Devotees believe that by fasting, Lord Shiva showers his grace and blessings on them. Through these blessings they believe that they will be able to overcome all difficulties and complete important tasks with ease. To seek the blessings of Lord Shiva, devotees stay awake throughout the night and perform puja at midnight.
Both unmarried and married women fast on Musk Shivaratri to wish for a good husband and pray for long life of their husband respectively. It is also believed that fasting on Musk Shivaratri brings peace and love to marriages.
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Pooja Samagri and Vidhi:
Samagri required for Musk Shivaratri Puja includes fruits, desi ghee, flowers, curd, water, honey, gangajal and vine leaves. Get up early in the morning and wear clean clothes after taking a bath.
Light a lamp in the home temple and worship the idols of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Chant “Om Namah Shive” as you pray. Offer Prasad to the Lord and then eat it yourself. Divide the rest among your loved ones.
Ashwin Mask Shivaratri will be held on September 24. Valid timings are from 1:00 AM on September 24th to 1:42 AM on September 25th.
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