The entire nation is celebrating the occasion of Maha Shivratri, a day dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees from across the country throng temples to offer prayers through out the day.Devotees have started lining up in front of line up in front of temples since morning for darshan.
Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, very well known for its grand temples, witnessed a huge turnout. Devotees from various parts of the city have turned up to pay tribute to Lord Shiva, who is known by various names such as Omkareshwar, Mahakaleshwar etc.The Bhasma aarti (aarti with ash) was performed in the early morning hours at Ujjain’s Mahakaleshwar temple.
Bhimashankar temple in maharashtra which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, there also devotees have been visiting since early morning.The auspicious day is of special significance because it marks his martial union with Goddess Parvati , who is also referred to as Shakti.
Maha Shivaratri falls on Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha in month of Magha in the South Indian calendar or the Amavasyant Hindu lunar calendar. However according to North Indian calendar or the Poornimant lunar calendar, Maha Shivaratri is the Masik(monthly) Shivaratri in month of Phalguna. If we were to go by the Gregorian calendar, the day falls on February 13 and extends until February 14.