Maha Shivratri 2019: Date, puja timing,significance, vrat vidhi and more
New Delhi : The auspicious Maha Shivratri this year falls on the 4th night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun. The festival on the March 4, 2019 is a celebration of night when everything becomes quiet and peaceful. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, Shivratri is not only rest for body, but for mind and ‘Ego’.
As the name suggest, Shivratri is the dedicated to Lord Shiva, the supreme power. According to Shivapurana, when Shiva was asked by Parvathi what pleases him most, He is supposed to have replied thus: ‘The 14th night of the new moon, in the dark fortnight during the month of phalgun, is my most favorite day. It is known as Shivratri’.
Maha Shivratri puja timing 2019
Ratri First Prahar Puja Time = 18:28 to 21:33
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time = 21:33 to 24:38
Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time = 24:38 to 27:44
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time = 27:44 to 30:49
Nishita Kaal Puja Time = 24:14 to 25:03
Maha Shivratri 2019 vrat vidhi
One day before Shivaratri Vratam, most likely on Trayodashi, devotees should eat only one time. On Shivaratri day, after finishing morning rituals devotees should take Sankalp. to observe full day fast on Shivaratri and to take food next day. During Sankalp devotees pledge for self-determination throughout the fasting period and seek blessing of Lord Shiva to finish the fast without any interference. Hindu fasts are strict and people pledge for self-determination and seek God blessing before starting them to finish them successfully.
On Shivaratri day devotees should take second bath in the evening before doing Shiva Puja or visiting temple. Shiva Puja should be done during night and devotees should break the fast next day after taking bath. Devotees should break the fast between sunrise and before the end of Chaturdashi Tithi to get maximum benefit of the Vrat. According to one contradictory opinion devotees should break the fast only when Chaturdashi Tithi gets over.
Shivaratri puja can be performed one time or four times during the night. The whole night duration can be divided into four to get four tithi to perform Shiva Puja four times.