Festival of Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva. The festival has been accorded lot of significance in Hindu mythology. It says that a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha.
Significance of Shivaratri in Hinduism
Festival of Mahashivaratri has tremendous significance in Hinduism.
According to sacred scriptures, ritual worship of Lord Shiva on
Shivratri festival that falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in
the month of Phalgun pleases Lord Shiva the most. This fact is said to
have been declared by Lord Shiva himself, when his consort Parvati asked
him as to which ritual performed by his devotees pleases him the most.
Even till date, devotees of Lord Shiva perform the ritual worship of
Shivratri with care and devotion. They observe day and nigh fast and
give sacred bath to Shiva Linga with honey, milk, water etc. Hindus
consider it extremely auspicious to worship Lord Shiva on a Shivaratri
as it is believed that worship of Lord Shiva with devotion and sincerity
absolves a devotee of past sins. The devotee reaches the abode of Lord
Shanker and lives there happily. He is also liberated from the cycle of
birth and death and attains moksha or salvation.
Significance of Shivaratri for Women
Mahashivratri Festival is also considered to be an extremely
significant festival by women. Married and unmarried women observe fast
and perform Shiva Puja with
sincerity to appease Goddess
Parvati who is also regarded as Gaura -
one who bestows marital bliss and long and prosperous married life.
Unmarried women also pray for a husband like Lord Shiva who is regarded
as the ideal husband.