Shivratri - Why do we observe
Why do we observe Shivratri Reasons for observing MahaShivaratri?
Shivaratri, or Mahashivratri, is one of the most important days in Hinduism. There are numerous reasons regarding the origin of Shivaratri and most of reasons for observing Shivratri can be traced to the Puranas.
Read important stories associated with Shivratri..
Shivaratri, or Mahashivratri, is one of the most important days in Hinduism. There are numerous reasons regarding the origin of Shivaratri and most of reasons for observing Shivratrican be traced to the Puranas. A few important legends are detailed below.
Origin of Shivratri based on hunter unknowingly dropping Bilva leaves on Shiva Lingam
There once lived a tribal man who was a hunter and a staunch a Shiva devotee. He used to go for hunting on all days to feed his family. One day the hunter lost his way while hunting and was trapped in the forest at night.
This is a famous legend on Shivaratri and happened during the churning of ocean by Devas and Asuras to get ‘Amrit.’ While churning the ocean, highly toxic poison, Halahala, came out and threatened to destroy the universe.
Bushan Bhat Hali, Chairman Devasthan Pranandakh Samiti, Hall, Pulwama (Kashmir) |
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