Hindu mythology is built around the philosophy of three Gods that constitute the universe. The concept of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar are well illustrated in our ancient Puranas. The Trinity is thought of to be the ultimate force that guides the whereabouts of the universe.

While Lord Brahma is accounted for the creation of this vast universe, Vishnu is considered to be the operator of the same. In comparison, Shiva or Maheshwar is personified as a more destructive entity. Shiva is said to be the force that initiates destruction.

Mahadev, as Shiva is widely known, opens his third eye, which emits raging aura to destroy all that comes its way. It is said that Maha Shivaratri is the festival dedicated to the sustenance of peace.

Let us dive into the deep Hindu philosophy to figure out the main reason behind the celebration of this epic festival.

Maha Shivratri Dates

Maha Shivaratri 2024 – Friday, March 8

Maha Shivaratri 2025 – Wednesday, February 26

Maha Shivratri

In terms of the lunar calendar, every 14th day i.e., on Chaturdashi of each lunar month is a Shivaratri. However, only once a year, a bigger celebration is conducted, and the celebration is termed as the ‘Maha Shivaratri’ or the “Great Night of Shiva”.

The Hindus mark this festival as a ceremony for celebrating the power of Lord Shiva and dedicate this night in honor of the universal entity. According to the Hindu calendar, Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the new moon day in the Hindu month of ‘Maagha’.

Rituals & Shivaratri Stories

During this festival, devotees observe a night-long fast and do the abhisheka with milk and water to the Shivalinga by chanting Shiva Stotras & Lingashtakam and next morning break their fast with the ‘prasad’, which often turns out to be Bhaang or Thanai. One of the most popular reasons behind the celebration of this occasion is Shiva’s marriage to Parvati.

Shiva drank poison, the Earth saw a new light

In Hindu mythology, Samudra Manthan happens to be one of the biggest reasons why Mahashivaratri came into existence. According to the legend, during a war between the gods and devils, one incident posed an enormous threat to life on Earth.

One day, it was found that the oceans are getting filled with large pools of poison, which could potentially destroy marine life on the planet. Gods were helpless and didn’t know the possible way to get rid of this massive danger. When all the ways were closed, they reached Kailash; habitat of Lord Shiva and asked for his help.

Shiva, without wasting any time, went ahead and drank the entire poison present in the seas. The most interesting part is that he never swallowed the poison; instead, he stored the same in his throat. This incident also earned him the title of ‘Neelkantha’ or the Blue Throated Being.

Some Puranas claim that the entire world was delighted by this extraordinary effort by Lord Shiva to save the world, and they started celebrating ‘Mahashivaratri’ the very day when Shiva sucked out the poison from ocean beds.

Maha Shivaratri: Start of a new season

There is another story behind the origin behind the emergence of Mahashivaratri as a popular festival. Once, a tribal man was lost in the jungle at night. Worried by the threat of wild animals he climbed on a wood apple tree. To keep himself awake, he plucked one leaf at a time and dropped in below the plant. The next morning, he realized that he had been dropping the leaves on a Shivalinga. Shiva, on the other hand, was pleased by the tribal person’s overnight worship and granted him blessings. Just after the occasion, quite surprisingly each tree is filled with flowers, marking the start of the new life-cycle, as if Lord Shiva blesses the world with fertility and prosperity.

Shivaratri Dates from 2026 to 2100

Maha Shivaratri 2026 – Sunday, February 15

Maha Shivaratri 2027 – Saturday, March 6

Maha Shivaratri 2028 – Wednesday, February 23

Maha Shivaratri 2029 – Sunday, February 11

Maha Shivaratri 2030 – Saturday, March 2

Maha Shivaratri 2031 – Thursday, February 20

Maha Shivaratri 2032 – Wednesday, March 10

Maha Shivaratri 2033 – Sunday, February 27

Maha Shivaratri 2034 – Friday, February 17

Maha Shivaratri 2035 – Thursday, March 8

Maha Shivaratri 2036 – Monday, February 25

Maha Shivaratri 2037 – Friday, February 13

Maha Shivaratri 2038 – Thursday, March 4

Maha Shivaratri 2039 – Monday, February 21

Maha Shivaratri 2040 – Sunday, March 11

Maha Shivaratri 2041 – Friday, March 1

Maha Shivaratri 2042 – Tuesday, February 18

Maha Shivaratri 2043 – Monday, March 9

Maha Shivaratri 2044 – Saturday, February 27

Maha Shivaratri 2045 – Wednesday, February 15

Maha Shivaratri 2046 – Monday, March 5

Maha Shivaratri 2047 – Friday, February 22

Maha Shivaratri 2048 – Wednesday, February 12

Maha Shivaratri 2049 – Tuesday, March 2

Maha Shivaratri 2050 – Sunday, February 20

Maha Shivaratri 2051 – Saturday, March 11

Maha Shivaratri 2052 – Wednesday, February 28

Maha Shivaratri 2053 – Sunday, February 16

Maha Shivaratri 2054 – Saturday, March 7

Maha Shivaratri 2055 – Wednesday, February 24

Maha Shivaratri 2056 – Sunday, February 13

Maha Shivaratri 2057 – Saturday, March 3

Maha Shivaratri 2058 – Thursday, February 21

Maha Shivaratri 2059 – Wednesday, March 12

Maha Shivaratri 2060 – Monday, March 1

Maha Shivaratri 2061 – Friday, February 18

Maha Shivaratri 2062 – Thursday, March 9

Maha Shivaratri 2063 – Monday, February 26

Maha Shivaratri 2064 – Friday, February 15

Maha Shivaratri 2065 – Thursday, March 5

Maha Shivaratri 2066 – Monday, February 22

Maha Shivaratri 2067 – Saturday, February 12

Maha Shivaratri 2068 – Friday, March 2

Maha Shivaratri 2069 – Wednesday, February 20

Maha Shivaratri 2070 – Monday, March 10

Maha Shivaratri 2071 – Saturday, February 28

Maha Shivaratri 2072 – Wednesday, February 17

Maha Shivaratri 2073 – Monday, March 6

Maha Shivaratri 2074 – Saturday, February 24

Maha Shivaratri 2075 – Wednesday, February 13

Maha Shivaratri 2076 – Tuesday, March 3

Maha Shivaratri 2077 – Sunday, February 21

Maha Shivaratri 2078 – Saturday, March 12

Maha Shivaratri 2079 – Wednesday, March 1

Maha Shivaratri 2080 – Sunday, February 18

Maha Shivaratri 2081 – Saturday, March 8

Maha Shivaratri 2082 – Wednesday, February 25

Maha Shivaratri 2083 – Sunday, February 14

Maha Shivaratri 2084 – Sunday, March 5

Maha Shivaratri 2085 – Thursday, February 22

Maha Shivaratri 2086 – Tuesday, February 12

Maha Shivaratri 2087 – Monday, March 3

Maha Shivaratri 2088 – Friday, February 20

Maha Shivaratri 2089 – Thursday, March 10

Maha Shivaratri 2090 – Monday, February 27

Maha Shivaratri 2091 – Friday, February 16

Maha Shivaratri 2092 – Thursday, March 6

Maha Shivaratri 2093 – Tuesday, February 24

Maha Shivaratri 2094 – Saturday, February 13

Maha Shivaratri 2095 – Friday, March 4

Maha Shivaratri 2096 – Wednesday, February 22

Maha Shivaratri 2097 – Tuesday, March 12

Maha Shivaratri 2098 – Saturday, March 1

Maha Shivaratri 2099 – Wednesday, February 18

Maha Shivaratri 2100 – Tuesday, March 9

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