Mahashivratri, one of the most sacred festivals, celebrates the grace of Lord Shiva, who is considered one among the holy trinities. He neither has birth, nor death. He is amorphous and omnipotent. “This Great Night of Lord Shiva” falls on the dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha at the 13th night or 14th day of the month Maagha or Phalguna, month of February or March according to the English calendar, to worship Lord Shiva. This also coincides with the full moon night.
According to the legend of Mahashivratri, during the Samudra Manthan or the mythical churning of the ocean, the milk of the ocean was churned by the devas and the asuras. The first substance to appear as a result of this churning process was Halahala, the poison that had the power to destroy the universe. Both the Devas and the Asuras were petrified as the frothy fumes of halahala started spreading. They felt that the only one who could help them get rid of this poison was the supreme lord head, Shiva. The devas and asuras pleaded Lord Shiva for help. He immediately agreed to help them and consume the poison. However, the poison was so deadly that even if a drop had entered Lord Shiva’s stomach, it would have obliterated the whole world. His consort, Goddess Parvati, caught hold of his neck to avoid the poison from entering his body and so it remained in his throat, turning it blue in color. Thus, Lord Shiva got the name of Neelkanth. MahaShivaratri is celebrated as a night of gratitude to Lord Shiva for protecting the world from this deadly poison.
My dear readers, regardless of your faith, I wish that you meditate or pay obeisance to Lord Shiva on this night. As per SadhGuru Jaggi Vasudev, “The planetary positions on this night are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system.” Meditating or chanting the name of Lord Shiva on this night will prove greatly beneficial for your physical and spiritual wellbeing.
“Mahashivratri is an opportunity and a possibility to bring yourself to that experience of the vast emptiness within every human being, which is the source of all creation.” SadhGuru