Today is Mahashivarathri and we are fasting. I used to fast when i was in mangalore i thought il continue the sam and ask my husband if he would? Nd he too decided to fast. We both are going to have water the whole day and fruits at night.
Let Lord Shiva Bless Each and Everyone of Us.
Il just share my pocket sized knowledge about this function to all of u.
Maha which means Great and Shiva - the word meaning auspicious, Ratri means Night, Maha Shivarathri- which meang a Great Night of the Auspicious Lord. Maha Shivratri falls on the 14th day of the dark half of 'Margasirsa' (February-March). On this festival people worship 'Shiva - the Destroyer'. This night marks the night when Lord Shiva danced the 'Tandav'or the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction.
Evening the Lord is worshiped and offered Bael Leaves. Its said by elders that He, who utters the names of Shiva during Shivratri, with perfect devotion and concentration, is freed from all sins. He reaches the abode of Shiva and lives there happily. He is liberated from the wheel of births and deaths. And is the belief of many a pepole.
Significance of Shivaratri for WomenMahashivratri Festival is also considered to be an extremely significant festival by women. Married and unmarried women observe fast and perform Shiva Puja with sincerity to appease Goddess Parvati who is also regarded as ‘Gauri’ - one who bestows marital bliss and long and prosperous married life. Unmarried women also pray for a husband like Lord Shiva who is regarded as the ideal husband.
Again wishing all a Happy Shivarathri and a Prosperous life ahead.