Shivaratri

This festival is celebrated throughout India, Nepal, Bangladesh and all parts of the world where the Hindu population is more.

This festival falls in February or March according to the Gregorian calendar. According to the Hindu calendar, it falls on the 14th day of Phalgun and on the 13th night, it is believed that this day is Lord Shiva's "favorite day of the year". Maha Shivaratri is considered to be the most sacred of the twelve Shivaratri festivals celebrated during the Hindu year.
"Shivaratri" means "Great night of Lord Shiva," on 13th day of Phalgun, all devotees of Lord Shiva are kept awake all night. It is different from most Hindu festivals, which are celebrated during the day. At night, worship and worship of Lord Shiva is celebrated to commemorate the day when Lord Shiva "saved the world from the destruction," which is represented by darkness.

Hindus keep fast on the 14th day of Phalgun. They also offer flowers, bellettes, and fruits to Lord Shiva. They burn incense, incense burners, take holy bath in the Ganges and other holy rivers, yoga meditate, and chant the mantra "Namah Beyond" all day long. On this day, the entire temple of Bharatbari resonates with the shouts of "Har Har Mahadev!" Of devotees. Also, they play the bells of the temple and, after this, they revolve around Shivling, they take bath with water or milk. In the end, they put three lines of "Sacred incense" on their forehead as a symbol of purity, knowledge and atonement.
During Maha Shivratri, locals and tourists in India can join any of the following activities:

Visit festivals and fairs held around Hindu temples throughout India. The temples will be decorated with lamps, flowers and other decorations, and many tourists are involved in it. The program to be held in Mandi city of North India is probably the largest where 81 are the temples. In Central India, Mahakaleshwar Temple is one of the most famous sightseeing sites of Lord Shiva for the celebration of Maha Shivaratri. Events in South India, near Vishwanath temple in Karnataka are the most important.

If you want, you can learn about some stories related to Maha Shivaratri. For example, according to one legend, Shivaji took it on his own to protect the world on the release of the toxin during the sea churning, but he did not swallow it. However, due to this, his throat was blue. According to another legend, once a man went to choose woods in the forest and he got there in the night. He climbed the tree to stay safe, and to stay awake (and to avoid falling from the tree), he started taking the name of Lord Shiva, breaking down the leaves of the tree and moving it one by one. Incidentally, there was a Shivling under the tree, and since Shiva liked this experience very much, that is why Lord Shiva is currently chanting at night and he is offered balpatra.

Maha Shivaratri is associated with the arrival of spring in India and especially in the flowering of flowers. Therefore, you can visit Lalbagh Botanical Gardens of Bangalore and its famous flower plants and "House of glass". There is also a lake and tropical bird sanctuary. Another option may be the National Park of Flower Valley in the state of West Himalaya. This mountain is completely covered with alpine flowers.

However, Maha Shivratri is a religious festival of Hindus and focuses on Hindu temples, but there are also vibrant and interesting cultural activities that the tourists can see.

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