Happy Maha Shivratri! Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of the god Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity. It is the day Shiva was married to the goddess Parvati. On this auspicious day, devotees fast and offer fruits, flowers and bel leaves on Shiva Linga.
Tonight is the night of Shiva, the Adiyogi. Mahashivaratri also marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the ′Tandava,′ the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction.
Another popular Shivratri legend found in Linga Purana states that it was on Shivaratri that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga. Hence, the day is considered to be extremely auspicious by Shiva devotees who celebrate it as Mahashivaratri – the grand night of Shiva.
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