Hindus, especially the Shaivites, followers of Lord Shiva commemorated Maha Shivarathri on Friday (24). This term literally translates to ‘The Great Night of Shiva’. It is a festival largely celebrated in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Devotees fast and observe vigil on the night of Shivarathri reciting Thevarams and prayers in praise of Lord Shiva. The temples are adorned with lights and colorful decorations. Devotees can be seen offering night long prayers to Shiva Lingam.
They also offer woodapple leaves, cold water and milk to Shiva Lingam on this day as it is believed that they are Lord Shiva’s favourites.
Devotees not only fast, but they also reflect on their lives and meditate in order to be better people and grow in spiritual strength. It is believed that the people who fast on this night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva bring good luck into their life.
The most popular Maha Shivarathri celebrations take place in Ujjain, which is believed to be the place of residence of Lord Shiva. Devotees travel in large processions throughout the city while many throng to the streets to catch a glimpse of the revered idol of Lord Shiva.