Maha Shivratri which literally means the ‘The Great Night of Shiva’ is one of the biggest Hindu festivals. This year, Maha Shivratri will fall on February 24, 2017. The festival has been given a lot of importance in Hindu mythology. It is said that the sins of a devotee who celebrates the day with extreme authenticity and devotion are washed away and he achieves moksha. It is also said that it is the day when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married, thus producing together two supreme forces of the universe.
From the long line of devotees who gratify Lord Shiva with milk and bael leaves to fasting in the name of Lord Shiva, the rituals and customs for Maha Shivaratri are abundant. Worshippers start the day by a bathe in the holy river of Ganga. Hindu women rejoice the day by doing a fast to astound Goddess Parvati. The mother goddess is a symbol of love, fertility, and devotion and impressing the goddess blesses women with marital bliss and prosperous married life. Unmarried women devotees on this day pray to Parvati goddess for a nice husband and married women worship god shiv for the good fortune of their husbands and off-springs.
Mahashivratri 2017 Puja Muhurat
February 24: Nishita Kaal Puja Time at 24:26+ (12:26 am) to 25:16+ (01:16 am).
Duration of Puja: 49 mins.
February 25: Mahashivratri Parana Time at 07:04 am to 15:45 (03:45 pm).
Ratri First Prahar Puja Time at 18:38 (06:38 pm) to 21:45 (09:45 pm).
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time at 21:45 (09:45 pm) to 24:51+ (12:51 am).
Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time at 24:51+ (12:51 am) to 27:57+ (03:57 am).
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time at 27:57+ (03:57 am) to 31:04+ (07:04 am).
Mahashivratri 2017 Tithi:
February 24: Mahashivratri 2017 Chaturdashi Tithi begins at 21:38 (09:38 pm).
February 25: Mahashivratri 2017 Chaturdashi Tithi ends at 21:20 (09:20 pm).
Nishita Kaal Puja Time for Maha Shivratri 2017 = 24:08 to 24:59
February 25: Mahashivratri 2017 Parana Time = 06:54 to 15:24
Ratri First Prahar Puja Time = 18:13 (06:13 pm) to 21:23 (09:23 pm)
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time = 21:23 (09:23 pm) to 24:33 (00:33 am)
Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time = 24:33 (00:33 am) to 27:44 (03:44 am)
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time = 27:44 to 30:54 (03:44 am) to (06:54 am).