Maha Shivratri 2018 is tomorrow: All you should know

Maha Shivratri 2018 is tomorrow: All you should know

Thus, Maha Shivratri is celebrated in various forms depending on the perspective. However, Shiva which means "that which is not", is beyond the conventional and rational worldly thoughts and explanations.

Nepal Army marks the Mahashivaratri festival as the Army Day with a spectacular display of parade, firing of salvo, fireworks and aerial tactics, among others. Mostly Hindu festivals are celebrated during the day, there this festival is celebrated during the night.

A traditional pipe of marijuana as seen in Pashupatinath area on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. While Shivratri comes once every month, Mahashivratri also known as "great night of lord Shiva" comes once in a year, just before the arrival of Spring season in the month of February or March. According to another legend, on Maha Shivratri Lord Shiva drank the poisonous negativity to protect the world. Ardent devotees observe fast, meditate, followed by "jagaran" (keeping awake all night). The devotees also chant praising verses and hymns from religious scriptures to appease the god.

Many people say it was on Mahashivaratri that Shiva and Parvati got married. The dance has great significance in the history of India. The festival holds special importance for women, who fast whole day for marital bliss. Lord Shiva is a God of destruction and is very powerful.

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All Shiva temples in the City of Palaces have geared up for the festival, as thousands of devotees throng them on the day to offer prayers to the deity, who is believed to be the "destroyer of evil". Devotees of Shiva are highly prohibited to wear black color.

Bel leaf is said to be Lord Shiva's favourite. Lord Shiva is fond of milk and milk products. Commemorated on the darkest night of year, Maha Shivaratri also spelt as Mahashivratri falls on February 13, 2018. One must chant the name of Lord Shiva and the mantra of Lord Shiva saying Om Namah Shivaya.

On the day of Shivratri, devotees wake up early, take a bath and go to the temple with several offerings.

In observance of the Maha Shivratri 2018, we have rounded up the following quotes, sayings, messages and wishes to be sent as greetings, SMS or WhatsApp messages for the day.