Guwahati, March 11: Maha Shivaratri is a major Hindu festival in India celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva. The name also refers to the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month's 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March, or Phalguna) and before the arrival of Summer, marks Maha Shivaratri which means "the Great Night of Shiva". This year 2021 Maha Shivaratri is celebrated today March 11 and 26 Phagun according to Assamese calander.
Kashi Vishwanath Jyotir Linga
It is a major festival in Hinduism, and this festival is solemn and marks a remembrance of "overcoming darkness and ignorance" in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as honesty, non-injury to others, charity, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva. The ardent devotees keep awake all night. This is an ancient Hindu festival whose origin date is unknown. According to the South Indian calendar, Maha Shivaratri is observed on Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha in the month of Magha, and in other parts of India, on 13/14 night of Krishna Paksha in Phalguna of Hindu calendar. The night is also celebrated as the marriage of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.
Major Offerings to Shiva are Milk, Water, Dahi, Haldhi, Bhashma, Chandan in the linga and Belpat, Bel fruit, Datura flowers, Datura seeds , bhang and ghuta as prasad.
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in all Lord Siva Tamples of the world. Whereas whole of India including Assam is in a festive mood. Long queues of devotees are seen from early morning today in major temple's of the state. Tithi of Shivaratri starts from 2:00 pm today and continue till tomorrow day time.