One of the most auspicious festivals in the country, Maha Shivratri is celebrated annually with much fervor across India. Many Shiva devotees observe fast on this, and while some go for the austere ‘nirjala vrat’, others keep a fast where they can have fruits, milk, and non-grain items
Maha Shivratri is one of the most auspicious Hindi festivals which is celebrated by devotees across India. The chants of ‘Har Har Mahadev’ is heard throughout the nation on this day. This year the festival, also called the ‘Great time of lord Shiva’, will be observed on February 18, 2023. It’s celebrated annually in honour of Lord Shiva, who is considered one of the main deities in Hinduism. On this day, devotees pray, fast, take a holy bath in the river Ganga and worship Lord Shiva. It is believed that fasting on Maha Shivratri brings blessings and fulfilment of desires. While married women observe the fast to maintain the balance of harmony in their marriage, on the other side, unmarried women observe this fast in the hope that they can find a life partner like Lord Shiva.