Maha Shivratri is an auspicious festival for Hindus across the World. On Maha Shivratri, devotees of Lord Shiv celebrate the convergence of Shiva and Shakti. It is believed that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this day, thus, making it the embodiment of power and love. When literally translated, Maha Shivratri means “the Great Night of Shiva”.
Maha Shivratri 2023
Maha Shivratri will be celebrated on 18th February 2023 on Saturday. Maha Shivratri is celebrated by offering prayers and worshipping Lord Shiva. People chant Shiv Mantras and pray to God for a better life and health for themselves and their families.
Maha Shivratri 2023 Date
It is celebrated in the Chaturdashi of the month of Magha during the Krishna Paksha. This year Maha Shivratri will be celebrated on 18th February 2023. The tithi starts at 8:02 PM on 18th February 2023 and will end at 4:18 PM on 19th February 2023.
Maha Shivratri 2023 Timings
Maha Shivratri is on Saturday, 18th February 2023 and the timings of the Maha Shivratri Puja are mentioned in the following table in detail.
|Nishita Kaal Puja||11:38 PM to 12:28 AM||19th February 2023|
|Shivratri Parana||6:22 AM to 2:54 PM||19th February 2023|
|Ratri First Prahar Puja||5:45 PM to 8:54 PM||18th February 2023|
|Ratri Second Prahar Puja||8:54 PM to 12:03 AM||18th – 19th February 2023|
|Ratri Third Prahar Puja||12:03 AM to 3:12 AM||19th February 2023|
|Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja||3:12 AM to 6:22 AM||19th February 2023|
|Chaturdashi Tithi Begins||8:02 PM||18th February 2023|
|Chaturdashi Tithi Ends||4:18 PM||19th February 2023|
Maha Shivratri 2023 Significance
Mythologically, the day Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati is celebrated as the Maha Shivratri. As Goddess Parvati symbolizes nature and Lord Shiva is the symbol of mindfulness or the completion of the circle of life and death. Their union signifies the essence of nature and that everything that starts has an end and the end is also a new beginning in a new form.
Everything in nature is a balance of beginning and end.
It is also believed that Lord Shiva dances Tandav (a divine dance form that signifies the destruction of the cosmos). Many believe that offering prayer to Lord Shiva on this night can help them overcome darkness and their sins only to the beginning of a new journey of righteousness.
Maha Shivratri 2023 Celebration
On this day at various hours, people offer prayers to Lord Shiva by pouring milk and water along with flowers on Shiva Ling (Puja Timings mentioned above). Some people fast for the entire day and offer their prayer in the later evening or night. They have “Prasad” and fruits to break their fast after the Puja.