Difference between Shivratri and Maha Shivratri all dos and donts auspicious day

V N Nadendla.

India is a melting pot of various cultures, religions, traditions, ethnicities, etc. Because of this, the country observes various festivals throughout the year, Mahashivratri being one of them. Celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva, the name also refers to the night when he performs the heavenly dance. This year, Mahashivratri will fall on Tuesday, March 1.

However, many of us must have also heard about 'Shivaratri'. It is to be noted that it is not the same as Mahashivratri. 

Here's a look at the difference between the Shivratri and Mahashivratri.

1. While Shivratri occurs every month, Mahashivratri is the great night of Shiva that occurs only once a year.

2. Shivratri is celebrated on the Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha every month. It is also called Pradosh. The 14th day of every lunar month is known as Shivratri. So, there are 12 Shivratris in a year that occur a day before the new moon. On each Shivratri, devotees conduct puja to honor Lord Shiva 

3. Mahashivratri is the most significant one of the 12 Shivratris. It takes place in the month of Falgun on the Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha. The day is celebrated by devotees with much devotion and joy.

4. Finally, according to legends, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married on the Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha in the month of Falgun, i.e. Mahashivratri.

Meanwhile, here's a look at Mahashivratri 2022 Tithi and timings:

Date: March 1, 2022

Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 12:26 AM to 01:00 AM, Mar 02

Ratri First Prahar Puja Time - 06:44 PM to 09:47 PM, March 1

Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time - 09:47 PM to 12:51 AM, March 2

Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time - 12:51 AM to 03:54 AM, March 2

Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time - 03:54 AM to 06:57 AM, March 2

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 03:16 AM on March 1, 2022

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 01:00 AM on March 2, 2022

all do's and don'ts for this auspicious day

Maha Shivratri is just around the corner and preparations for the grand festival have already kicked in. This year Maha Shivratri will be celebrated on March 01. The festival is very popular amongst the devotees of Lord Shiva. Maha Shivratri is observed on the Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha. It is believed that the day marks the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

The Maha Shivratri puja is performed during Nishita Kaal. The day is considered extremely lucky. On this day, devotees of Lord Shiva observe fast and perform puja and Rudraabhishek. Here are some of the dos and don'ts you should keep in mind while performing the Maha Shivratri fast.

Maha Shivratri 2022: Do’s while performing the fast

One should wake up early in the morning on this auspicious day and clean the house for the Maha Shivratri Puja later on the day.

The second most important thing to do on this day is to take a bath early morning and wear clean and bright clothes for fast rituals

One should offer prayers and perform the puja during Nishita Kaal.

One should perform Rudraabhishek with pure heart, dedication, and devotion.

Follow a day-long fast with full dedication

In order to seek Lord Shiva's blessing for long life, one should offer Durva grass which is said to have 'Amrit' to Shivling.

Maha Shivratri 2022: Don'ts while performing the fast

Devotees who are fasting for the day are only allowed to consume fruits, milk, and recipes with fast-compliant ingredients.

While performing the fast rituals one should keep in mind not to do full parikrama of the Shiv Linga

Devotees should not consume meat, tobacco, and alcohol.

Do not offer kumkum, turmeric(Haldi), and coconut water to Shiva Ling or idol.

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