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Mahashivratri 2024: Maha Shivratri joy spreads nationwide as celebrations reach their peak

Mahashivratri 2024: The auspicious festival of Maha Shivratri is being celebrated with pomp across the country. Here's a look at all the live updates.
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Maha Shivratri falls today, on March 8, Friday. The festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva's worship and is celebrated all across the country with fervour.

Devotees offer prayers at a Hanuman mandir on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri festival, at Sector 20, Noida.
Devotees offer prayers at a Hanuman mandir on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri festival, at Sector 20, Noida.

Mahashivratri 2024: The auspicious Hindu festival of Maha Shivratri or Mahashivratri is celebrated with pomp in India and by Hindu devotees across the globe. It is the grand night of devotion and fasting for Lord Shiva devotees. This annual festival is the most important of all the Masik Shivratris observed every month. It falls every year on the fourteenth day of the dark (waning) half of the lunar month of Phalguna or Magha, a day before the new moon. This year, Maha Shivratri falls on March 8, Friday. Devotees believe it is the perfect time to purify their body, mind and soul and for fresh beginnings. They worship Lord Shiva, pray for his blessings, visit temples, and observe a day-long nirjala vrat. The fast holds spiritual significance and is equivalent to worshipping Lord Shiva the entire year, and can also help one attain salvation and get rid of all sins. (Also Read | Happy Maha Shivratri 2024: Wishes, images, quotes, SMS, WhatsApp and Facebook status to celebrate the Hindu festival)...Read More

According to Hindu mythologies, there are many legends associated with Maha Shivratri - ranging from the sacred union of Shiva and Parvati to the tale of Lord Shiva consuming the Halahala poison. Another mythology says that Maha Shivratri is the night when Lord Shiva performed the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction. (Also Read | Maha Shivratri 2024: Date, history, significance and celebrations of the Hindu festival)

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Mar 8, 2024 8:20 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari offers prayers at Kalyaneshwar Shiv Temple

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari visited the Kalyaneshwar Shiv Temple in Nagpur, Maharashtra, today on Mahashivratri. He sought blessings at the revered temple on this auspicious occasion.

Mar 8, 2024 7:52 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Sidharth Malhotra offers prayers at Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple

Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra visited the Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi on the ocassion of Mahashivratri to seek blessings before the release of his film 'Yodha'. The visit marked a spiritual prelude to the upcoming movie launch.

Mar 8, 2024 7:41 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Devotees throng temples in Jaipur

Chants of 'Har Har Mahadev' reverberated at major Shiv temples here on Friday as a large number of devotees thronged them to offer prayers on the occasion of Mahashivratri. Governor Kalraj Mishra and Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma greeted the people of the state on the occasion. The governor offered prayers with his family at the Raj Bhawan here.

Mar 8, 2024 7:29 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: UP CM Yogi performs 'Rudrabhishek' at Gorakhnath Temple

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday visited Piteshwarnath Shiv Temple in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur and offered prayers on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. During the occasion, the Chief Minister performed 'Rudrabhishek' at Gorakhnath Temple.

He performed 'Jalabhishek' on his arrival at the temple. He also prayed for the welfare and prosperity of the people of the state. CM Yogi performed Lord Shiva's 'Rudrabhishek' with cow milk and sugarcane juice in Shakti Mandir at the Gorakhnath Temple. The chief minister also performed 'havan' and 'aarti' there.

Mar 8, 2024 7:14 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Devotees perform 'Jal Abhishek' on Shiva Linga

On the occasion of the Maha Shivratri Festival in Bhubaneshwar, devotees engage in 'Jal Abhishek' by performing sacred water offerings on the Shiva Linga as they offer their prayers on Friday.

Mar 8, 2024 6:54 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Artists dress up as Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati

In celebration of the Maha Shivratri festival, artists portraying Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati participate in a procession at Pahari Mandir in Ranchi on Friday.

Mar 8, 2024 6:36 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: 5 famous Lord Shiva shrines in India

Five revered Lord Shiva shrines in India include Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, nestled in the Himalayas and renowned as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Amarnath Temple, atop the Himalayan range, draws devotees to its cave housing an ice stalagmite symbolizing Lord Shiva. Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, stands as the holiest shrine on the Ganges' western bank.

Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, boasts architectural grandeur devoted to Lord Shiva. Lastly, Somnath Temple in Gujarat safeguards the moon god and holds significance as one of the foremost 12 Jyotirlingas.

Mar 8, 2024 6:18 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Devotees take part in religious procession in Mathura

Devotees enthusiastically join a religious procession in Mathura on March 8, 2024, to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri.

Mar 8, 2024 5:58 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Actor Ekta Jain offers prayers at Shiva temple in Mumbai

Actor Ekta Jain reverently prays before an ice Shivling on Mahashivratri at a Shiva temple in Mumbai, embracing the sacred festival's traditions.

Mar 8, 2024 5:41 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Kashi Vishwanath temple illuminated on the eve of Maha Shivratri

On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi lit up with vibrant illumination, creating a captivating spectacle. The radiant display added a touch of divine ambience to the spiritual surroundings.

Mar 8, 2024 5:17 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Nishita Kaal puja timings for Maha Shivratri

The eighth muhurta of the night is known as Nishita Kala and is arrived at by a complicated calculation. As this time frame is crucial in determining festivals and auspicious days, it is of great importance to Jyothishis and those who make panchang. Nishita time, which coincides with the breaking of the fast the following day, marks the arrival of Lord Shiva on earth as a linga during Shivaratri. The ideal time to perform Shiva pooja is during Nishita Kala. On March 09, 2024, from 12:07 am to 12:56 am, Nishita Kaal puja will be observed.

Mar 8, 2024 5:03 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Know the difference between Shivaratri and Maha Shivaratri

Lord Shiva is worshipped on the occasions of Shivratri and Mahashivratri, which represent different facets of his holy essence and cosmic significance. Shivratri is a monthly celebration of Shiva's cosmic dance and marriage, while Mahashivratri is an annual festival of fasting, prayer and meditation that emphasises the importance of overcoming ignorance and darkness.

Mar 8, 2024 4:42 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Simple mehndi designs for Maha Shivratri

On Maha Shivratri, devotees adorn themselves in new attire, while women engage in elaborate adornment rituals such as applying mehndi on their hands to commemorate this sacred festival. Clich here to explore our specially curated Mehndi designs guide, featuring versatile designs depicting Maa Parvati and Lord Shiva's devotion, a devotee's faithfulness, shlokas, the Shivling, Maa Parvati and Lord Shiva's wedding, minimal floral patterns, full-hand designs, and Indo-Western motifs.

Mar 8, 2024 4:28 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: 4 legends associated with the festival

Maha Shivratri is steeped in legends surrounding Lord Shiva, including the episode of him consuming poison during Samudra Manthan, resulting in his blue-throated depiction as Neelkantha. Another tale narrates a conflict between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, prompting Shiva to take on a fiery form. Lord Brahma's deceit in the incident led to Shiva cursing him.

Diverse celebrations include Karnataka children seeking forgiveness and Kashmiri Pandits commencing festivities ahead of Maha Shivratri to commemorate the divine union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Click here to read four legends associated with the festival and interesting stories that we should know.

Mar 8, 2024 4:20 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Jharkhand CM Champai Soren attends Shivratri celebrations in Ranchi

Jharkhand's CM, Champai Soren, participates in Ranchi's Shivratri celebrations, honouring the auspicious occasion with his presence.

Mar 8, 2024 3:57 PM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 LIVE: Find out the Puja Timings for Maha Shivratri

According to Drik Panchang, the Nishita Kaal Puja Time is from 12:07 am to 12:56 am on March 9. The Shivratri Parana Time is from 6:37 am to 3:29 pm on March 9.

Nishita Kaal is a period which lasts less than an hour and falls during the midnight. Nishita Kala is defined as the 8th muhurta of the night and is a time when devotees perform puja and rituals on Shivratri. Additionally, during Shivaratri, Nishita time is when Lord Shiva appeared on the Earth in the form of Linga.

Mar 8, 2024 3:45 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Kashi Vishwanath aarti timings

Reportedly, the temple was opened for visitors at 3:30 am. The Aarti of the first Prahar will start at 9:30 pm. The main aarti will start at 10:00 pm and end at 12:30 am. The Aarti of the second phase will start from 1:30 am on March 9 and end by 2:30 am. The Aarti of the third phase will be from 3:30 am to 4:30 am on March 9. The Aarti of the fourth quarter will continue from 5:00 am to 6:15 am in the morning.

Mar 8, 2024 3:38 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Little-known facts about Maha Shivratri

There are a few little-known facts about Maha Shivratri. Did you know, on Maha Shivratri, neelkantha flower is a must for the puja rituals? It is believed that during Samudra Manthan, a fatal poison came up which could destroy the gods and goddesses. Seeing no option, Lord Shiva drank the poison which made his throat turn blue. He kept the poison in his throat and got the name – Neel Kantha. Hence, on the special day of Maha Shivratri, Lord Shiva is worshipped with Neelkantha flower. Learn more inside.

Mar 8, 2024 3:27 PM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 LIVE: Shukra Pradosh Vrat auspicious timings

Shukra Pradosh Vrat, the first Pradosh vrat of March and Phalgun coincides with Maha Shivratri on March 8, presenting a double blessing opportunity for devotees seeking divine grace from Lord Shiva. Check out the auspicious timings below.

Pradosha Puja Muhurat - 06:25 pm to 08:52 pm

Duration - 02 hours 26 minutes

Day Pradosha Time - 06:25 pm to 08:52 pm

Trayodashi Tithi begins - 01:19 am on March 08, 2024

Trayodashi Tithi ends - 09:57 pm on March 08, 2024

Learn more here.

Mar 8, 2024 3:09 PM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 LIVE: Diljit Dosanjh celebrates Maha Shivratri

Diljit Dosanjh celebrated the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri by visiting a Lord Shiva temple. He shared pictures from the occasion on Instagram. The post shows the singer praying to Lord Shiva.

Mar 8, 2024 2:58 PM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 LIVE: Here are the celebrities who wished their fans on Maha Shivratri

Alia Bhatt, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Adah Sharma, Jackie Shroff, Sanjay Dutt, Shekhar Kapur, Kangana Ranaut, and Vivek Agnihotri, among others are the few celebrities who took to social media to extend wishes on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.

Mar 8, 2024 2:33 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath offers prayers at Mansarovar temple

On the occasion of Mahashivratri, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath extended his prayers at the Mansarovar Temple in Gorakhpur.

Mar 8, 2024 2:16 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Devotees celebrate Shivratri in Kerala with traditional zeal and fervour

The festival of Mahashivratri was celebrated with traditional fervour in Kerala on Friday as a large number of devotees of all ages thronged temples dedicated to Lord Shiva to participate in the special rituals. A huge rush of devotees was seen at many famous temples, including the Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva temple here, Vadakkunnathan temple in Thrissur, Aluva Mahadeva temple and Mahadeva temple in Vaikom, since early morning today.

Mar 8, 2024 1:59 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: Foods to eat and avoid during Shivratri fast

Sago, millets, pumpkin, potato, makhana, Arbi, banana, yoghurt are some of the vrat-friendly foods people eat. However, one should be mindful of the cooking technique as deep-fried foods can increase chronic disease risk. Click here to find out what you should and shouldn't eat during Shivratri fast, as suggested by a Senior Nutrition and Dietetics Consultant.

Mar 8, 2024 1:31 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 LIVE: How devotees are celebrating Mahashivratri

The Maha Shivratri celebrations have begun nationwide, signifying a period of fasting, prayers, and offerings to honor Lord Shiva. Devotees are gathering in Shiva temples to perform rituals, pray to Lord Shiva, and seek his blessings. Click here to see how people are celebrating Mahashivratri.

Mar 8, 2024 1:23 PM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Devotees perform rituals for Mahashivratri at temples across India

Hindu devotees pour water over a 'Lingam', a representation of God Shiva, at a temple on the eve of the 'Maha Shivratri' Hindu festival in Amritsar.  (AFP)
Hindu devotees pour water over a 'Lingam', a representation of God Shiva, at a temple on the eve of the 'Maha Shivratri' Hindu festival in Amritsar. (AFP)

Lord shiva's devotees across India are visiting temples to perform Maha Shivratri rituals, seek Lord Shiva's blessings, worship the God on the holy festival of Mahashivratri.

Mar 8, 2024 12:57 PM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Auspicious items to offer to Lord Shiva and their significance

Maha Shivratri is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals. On this occasion, devotees of Lord Shiva offer eight auspicious items to him while worshipping to recieve his blessings. They are milk, Datura flowers, Bilva Leaves (Bel Patra), water, sindoor, Bael, honey, and coconut. Find out what is the significance of these items by clicking here.

Mar 8, 2024 12:49 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 Live: Famous Shiv temples in India to visit

Across India, there are famous temples that Lord Shiva's devotees should visit on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri. They are Brihadeeswarar Temple in Tamil Nadu, Mallikarjuna Temple in Andhra Pradesh, Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh, and more. Find out more Shiva temple in India here.

Mar 8, 2024 12:31 PM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Kedarnath Temple replica made with 2,151 biscuits

Prayagraj-based artists have created a replica of the Kedarnath Temple using biscuits to mark the Maha Shivratri celebrations. “To mark the occasion of Maha Shivratri, we have prepared Kedarnath temple using 2,151 biscuits. A large number of devotees are coming to see our temple at Sangam Ghat,” artist Ajay Gupta told news agency PTI. Read more here.

Mar 8, 2024 12:20 PM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Temples in India that offer Rudra Abhishek puja

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Somnath Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and Bhimashankar Temple are a few of the temples in India that offer devotees a chance to witness the Rudra Abhishek puja. Learn all about these temples here.

Mar 8, 2024 12:12 PM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Hema Malini offers prayers at Mahakaleshwar Temple

BJP MP and veteran actor Hema Malini offered prayers at the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. The video shared by ANI shows her giving offerings to Lord Shiva and praying for his blessings.

Mar 8, 2024 12:06 PM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Dos and Don'ts of Mahashivratri

While observing the festival rituals and the nirjala fast of Maha Shivratri, there are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind.

1. On the day of the fast, devotees should wake up early in the morning, take a bath and wear fresh clothes.

2. Do not offer coconut water to Shivling while coconuts can be offered to Lord Shiva.

3. Shivratri puja can be performed one time or four times during the night.

4. While fasting, do not go overboard on tea and coffee as it can cause dehydration.

Read more here.

Mar 8, 2024 12:03 PM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 Live: Sadhguru extends wishes on Maha Shivratri

On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, Sadhguru shared a post on X. He wrote, “Mahashivratri in Isha has become a massive festival of Consciousness over the years. Only by turning inward can we create a world full of love, light, and laughter. Let us make it happen. #Mahashivratri.” See here.

Mar 8, 2024 11:48 AM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Sudarshan Pattnaik's sand art to celebrate Mahashivratri

Sand artist Sudarshan Pattanaik creates a sculpture on Lord Shiva ahead of 'Maha Shivaratri' festival, in Puri,  (PTI)
Sand artist Sudarshan Pattanaik creates a sculpture on Lord Shiva ahead of 'Maha Shivaratri' festival, in Puri, (PTI)

Sand artist Sudarshan Pattanaik shared the sand art he made on the Puri beach to celebrate the auspicious festival of Maha Shivratri.

Mar 8, 2024 11:32 AM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Puja Vidhi and Samagri for Mahashivratri

On Mahashivaratri, devotees observe a nirjala fast. They also visit Shiva temples first thing in the morning. As most temples close at noon to prepare for evening darshan, most devotees complete their Shiva Linga Puja by midday. In the morning, devotees bring various offerings to the Shiva linga, such as dhatura, bilva leaves and bilva fruit, and perform abhishek with milk and water. In the form of prasad, many people distribute sweet drinks laced with bhang. The cannabis plant, known as bhang, is widely recognised in society as a gift from Lord Shiva. The majority of devotees fast throughout the day, eating only fruits and drinks. In evening, devotees have a fasting meal of plain rice and gram flour-based yellow curry. It is then delivered to a Baba by the name of Bham Bole, who serves as a symbolic representation of Lord Shiva. The meal is only for family members to consume after this offering.

Mar 8, 2024 11:14 AM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 Live: Wishes, images, WhatsApp status and more to wish loved ones on Maha Shivratri

Make your loved ones Maha Shivratri extra auspicious with our special curated list of wishes, images, quotes, WhatsApp and Facebook status, and SMS. '

1. May the divine energies of Lord Shiva are always there to bring positivity to your life. Wishing you a blessed and beautiful Maha Shivratri.

2. Wishing a very Happy Sawan Shivratri to everyone. May Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are always there to bless you and show you the right path in life.

3. Extend warm wishes to you and your loved ones on the occasion of Mahashivratri. May this auspicious day inspire you to embody the qualities of Lord Shiva.

Find more wishes here.

Mar 8, 2024 11:01 AM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 Live: Devotees take out Shiv Ji Ki Baraat in MP

Devotees of Lord Shiva took out ‘Shiv Ji Ki Baraat’ (Lord Shiva's wedding procession) in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri.

Mar 8, 2024 10:48 AM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Significance of Maha Shivratri

Fasting during Maha Shivratri helps overcome ignorance and atain self-realisation. By reflecting on its true nature, the soul attains salvation from the chakra of birth and death. Observing this fast with sincerity can help absolve past sins and negative karma and give one a new direction in life. Thus, Maha Shivratri is an opportunity to introspect and renew one's connection with the divine to evolve spiritually.

Mar 8, 2024 10:31 AM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Watch live puja at the Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple

On the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri, devotees will be able to have darshan of Mahakal for 44 hours. The temple adnministration also shared live footage from the temple on their YouTube channel.

Mar 8, 2024 10:13 AM IST

Mahashivratri 2024 Live: Know the history of Mahashivratri

There are many legends associated with Maha Shivratri that range from sacred union of Shiva and Parvati to the tale of Lord Shiva consuming the Halahala poison. As per another legend, Mahashivratri is the night when Shiva performed the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction. However, the most popular legend remains the one that describes Lord Shiva's union with Mata Parvati. Legend has it that Goddess Parvati, in her various incarnations, performed intense penance to win affection of Lord Shiva. Learn more here.

Mar 8, 2024 9:59 AM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Maha Shivaratri celebrations begin at Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain

Devotees have been offering prayers at Ujjain's Mahakaleshwar Temple since early Friday morning. According to ANI, hundreds of people thronged the temple to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. The priests performed a grand 'Bhasma Aarti' of Mahakal in front of the devotees.

Mar 8, 2024 9:47 AM IST

Maha Shivratri 2024 Live: Know Mahashivratri Shubh Muhurat and Puja Timings

According to Drik Pachang, here are the auspcious timings:

Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 11:33 PM, March 8, 2024 to 12:21 AM, March 9, 2024

Shivaratri Parana Time- 06:37 AM to 15:29 PM, March 9

Ratri First Prahar Puja Time - 18:25 PM to 21:28 PM, March 8

Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time - 21:28 PM to 11:57 PM, March 8

Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time - 11:57 PM, March 8 to 02:58 AM, March 9, 2024

Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time - 02:58 AM, March 8 to 06:00 AM, March 9, 2024

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 21:57 PM, March 08, 2024

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 18:17 PM, March 09, 2024

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