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Hindus To Mark Maha Shivaratri Tonight

  Hindus around the country will be celebrating Maha Shivaratri tonight. This annual Hindu festival honours Lord Shiva. The word ‘Shivratri’ means ‘Great night of Lord Shiva’ and is considered
25 Feb 2017 11:00
Hindus To Mark Maha Shivaratri  Tonight
Hindu devotees (from left) Kiran Devi, Brabha Wati and Krishna Prasad offering their prayers to Lord Shiva’s Shivling as Hindu devotees will celebrate Shivraatri today. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

Hindus around the country will be celebrating Maha Shivaratri tonight.

This annual Hindu festival honours Lord Shiva.

The word ‘Shivratri’ means ‘Great night of Lord Shiva’ and is considered the favourite day of Lord Shiva.

According to the legend of Samudramanthan, Lord Shiva saved the world from the disastrous effects of a poison that emerged as a byproduct of the churning of the sea (Samudramanthan), by consuming all of the poison in its entirety.

Lord Shiva could arrest the poison in his throat using his powers.

The legend claims that his neck turned blue due to the effect of the poison on his throat and henceforth he was also known as NeelaKantha or the Blue Throated.

Another legend signifies it was the day when God Shiva married the Goddess Parvati.

Maha Shivaratri also celebrates the night when Lord Shiva performed the cosmic dance known as ‘Tandava’.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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