When is Maha Shivaratri in 2023? Date Day, Story, Calendar

Know When is Festival of Maha Shivaratri in 2023?. On this page we will provide details about Maha Shivaratri 2023? Date Day, Story in hindi, tamil and malayalam. We will provide detailed Maha Shivaratri 2023 Calendar.

When is Maha Shivaratri in 2023?

Maha Shivaratri in 2023 is on Saturday, the 18th of February 2023 (18/02/2023).

Maha Shivaratri Story

Festival Of Maha Shivratri, also know as “great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival celebrated annually. Maha Shivaratri largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture.

When is Maha Shivaratri in 2023? Date Day, Story, Calendar
When is Maha Shivaratri in 2023? Date Day, Story, Calendar

History and significance

Many legends explain the significance of Maha Shivaratri, one being it is the night of Shiva’s dance. According to a few God realized Yogis, Maha Shivaratri was the day when Shiva drank poisonous negativity to protect the world. The Maha Shivaratri is mentioned in several Puranas, particularly the Skanda Purana, Linga Purana and Padma Purana. These medieval era Shaiva texts present different mythologies associated with this festival, but all mention fasting and reverence for icons of Shiva such as the Lingam.

Different legends describe the significance of Maha Shivaratri. According to one legend in the Shaivism tradition, this is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction. The chanting of hymns, the reading of Shiva scriptures and the chorus of devotees joins this cosmic dance and remembers Shiva’s presence everywhere.

According to another legend, this is the night when Shiva and Parvati got married. A different legend states that the offering to Shiva icons such as the linga is an annual occasion to get over past sins if any, to restart on a virtuous path and thereby reach Mount Kailasha and liberation.

The significance of dance tradition to this festival has historical roots. The Maha Shivaratri has served as a historic confluence of artists for annual dance festivals at major Hindu temples such as at Konark, Khajuraho, Pattadakal, Modhera and Chidambaram.

This event is called Natyanjali, literally “worship through dance”, at the Chidambaram temple which is famous for its sculpture depicting all dance mudras in the ancient Hindu text of performance arts called Natya Shastra. Similarly, at Khajuraho Shiva temples, a major fair and dance festival on Maha Shivaratri, involving Shaiva pilgrims camped over miles around the temple complex, was documented by Alexander Cunningham in 1864.

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