Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the God Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month’s 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March) and before the arrival of spring, marks Maha Shivratri which means “the Great Night of Shiva”. It is a festival which overcomes darkness and ignorance. About all the twelve shivratri that occurs, Maha Shivratri is the most famous type and is highly prestigious one. On this day, there is an upper level of energy in the body that everyone chants the name of Lord Shiva.
This is the day when even nature plays a very important role, it fills the atmosphere with the air of spirituality. Maha Shivratri is very significant for people who are on the spiritual path. It is also very significant for people who are in family situations, and also for the ambitious in the world. People who live in family situations observe Maha Shivratri as Shiva’s wedding anniversary. The arrangements for the Maha Shivratri are held in the Isha Yoga Center. Every year Maha Shivratri is celebrated at Isha Yoga Center and this year also it will be celebrated on the February 13th.
Shivratri is the darkest day of the year and Maha Shivratri seems the celebration of darkness. Shiva is known as the destroyer. On the other, he is known as the most compassionate. He is also known to be the greatest of the givers. In the Isha group, meditation and all the chanting will take place before the scripture of Lord Shiva. All the rituals will take place even during the night. On this day, the rituals that take place at night, all the family members has to take bath and do the Shiva puja.