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Maha Shivratri 2023 Date, Image, Status & Celebrations

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.

Puja Timing Date
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.

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What is special about Maha Shivratri 2023?

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”. 

When to fast for Mahashivratri 2023?

Maha Shivratri will be observed on February 18, 2023. Therefore, people who want to fast on Maha Shivratri need to start fasting on 18th February 2023.

What time does Shivratri start?

According to Shivratri 2022 Jagran timings, the worship of the Maha Shivratri will start at 8:02 PM on 18th February 2023 and will end at 4:18 PM on 19th February 2023.

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