Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival that honors God Shiva. It is also called as ‘The Night of Shiva” and is celebrated in a majority of Indian states. Every year, the festival falls on the moonless 14 night of the new moon in the month of Phalgun, which correspondences to the months of March and February according to the English calendar. Devotees discern day and night fast and make ritual worship of Lord Shiva.
Maha Shivaratri Holiday 2018
When is this festival celebrated in 2018? For the year 2018, this great festival is celebrated on 14 February, which falls on Wednesday.
|2018||13 February||Tuesday||Maha Shivaratri||Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Kerala, Jammu Kashmir|
|14 February||Wednesday||Maha Shivaratri||Orissa, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh|
|2019||04 March||Monday||Maha Shivaratri||Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Kerala, Jammu Kashmir|
Maha Shivaratri Holiday 2020-2028
|21 February 2020||Friday||Maha Shivaratri|
|11 March 2021||Thursday||Maha Shivaratri|
|01 March 2022||Tuesday||Maha Shivaratri|
|18 February 2023||Saturday||Maha Shivaratri|
|08 March 2024||Friday||Maha Shivaratri|
|26 February 2025||Wednesday||Maha Shivaratri|
|15 February 2026||Sunday||Maha Shivaratri|
|06 March 2027||Saturday||Maha Shivaratri|
|23 February 2028||Wednesday||Maha Shivaratri|
How Is The Festival Celebrated - Maha Shivaratri
Like mentioned earlier, the festival of Maha Shivaratri is usually celebrated in the month of February and March on the Gregorian calendar. The festival is considered to be the holiest by Hindus across the country. It differs from other Hindu festivals that are usually celebrated in the daytime. The worship and prayers of Lord Shiva through night are supposed to honor the time Lord Shiva saved the world from ignorance, which is signified by darkness. On the festival day, Hindus fast all day long and they offer betel tree leaves, fruits and flowers to the Lord.
Best Indian Places To Visit During The Maha Shivaratri Holiday 2018
- Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: The city of Varanasi has one of the most significant Shiva temples in India. So, the festival is celebrated with great devotion in the city. Millions of devotees across the nation visit this destination to celebrate the festival. Consider this place if you are planning to go on a holiday trip.
- Haridwar, Uttarakhand: Haridwar is famous for its temples and ghats. Tourists can also visit various other temples and enjoy river rafting in Rishikesh.
- Mandi, Himachal Pradesh: Mandi has the temple of Bhootnath and it hosts the biggest Maha Shivaratri celebrations in India. This tradition was started by the royal family of the city of Mandi 500 years ago.
- Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh: The festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with extreme eagerness in Andhra Pradesh. Devotees observe fast and chant mantras to mark this auspicious festival.
- Guwahati, Assam: Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, attracts thousands of devotees on the festival. Umananda Temple is the notable temple in the city.
- Puri, Orissa: Puri is also a quite famous Indian destination to visit during the Maha Shivaratri holiday 2018. Consider this place as well.
Symbols of the festival
As per the Shiva Purana, the Maha Shivaratri worship should incorporate the following six items:
- Bael leaves – Bael leaves signify the purification of the soul.
- Sindoor: It denotes virtue.
- Food items: Rice and fruits are offered to Lord Shiva to entrust a long life and accomplishment of desires.
- Dhoop: Incense sticks are sparked before the God to obtain wealth.
- Betel leaves: Betel leaves denote satisfaction.
These five items are an indispensable part of the festival.