Maha Shivratri 2018:Check mantras, muhurta and puja timing for auspicious day
New Delhi : Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. Maha Shivratri (known as The Night of Shiva ) is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in reverence of Lord Shiva.
On this day devotees glorify, honor and worship Lord Shiva with sanctifying rituals throughout the night. this year Mahashivratri 2018 falls on 13th February (Tuesday). Maha Shivaratri is celebrated year on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi of the month of Magha (February – March).
As per the Hindu calendar, it signifies the defeat of darkness and ignorance. On this day, devotees of Lord Shiva chant prayers, conduct special pooja rituals and observe fast. A fast is observed for the full day and devotees offer prasad to the deity.
Maha Shivratri 2018 Puja Muhurat (Timing):
Nishita Kaal Puja Time: 12:01 am to 12:51 am (duration: 49 minutes) Shivratri First Prahar Puja Time: 06:13 pm to 09:19 pm Shivratri Second Prahar Puja Time: 09:19 pm to 12:26 am Shivratri Third Prahar Puja Time: 12:26 am to 03:32 am Shivratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time: 03:32 am to 06:39 am On 14th, Maha Shivaratri Parana Time = 06:39 am to 03:20 pm
MAHA SHIVRATRI 2018 MANTRAS
1) ॐ नमः शिवाय॥ Om Namah Shivaya॥
2) Mahamrityunjaya Mantra:
त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिंम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् । उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ।।
“Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam Urvaru Kamiva Bandhanaat Mrityor Moksheeya Mamritaat”
3) Rudra Gayatri Mantra:
ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात्॥
“Om Tatpurushaay Vidmahe Vidmahe Mahadevaay Deemahi Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat”
MAHA SHIVRATRI STORY
After the Earth’s creation was complete, Maa Parvati asked Lord Shiva about the kind of rituals or worship that pleased Him the most. Lord Shiva replied that worshiping Him with Bel patra on the 14th day of the waning moon in the month of Phalgun by His devotees pleases Him the most. Goddess Parvati reiterated this to Her friends and word spread to all creation. From that time onwards, this day is celebrated as Mahashivratri.