Read About Maha Shivratri, Puja Samagari and Muhurat (EST)

Shivaratri on Friday, March 8, 2024
Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 12:03 AM to 12:53 AM, Mar 09
Duration - 00 Hours 50 Mins
On 9th Mar, Shivaratri Parana Time - 06:40 AM to 07:47 AM
Ratri First Prahar Puja Time - 06:16 PM to 09:22 PM
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time - 09:22 PM to 12:28 AM, Mar 09
Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time - 12:28 AM to 03:34 AM, Mar 09
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time - 03:34 AM to 06:40 AM, Mar 09

What Does Shivaratri Means?

Shivaratri literally translates as "the night of Lord Shiva" and is the 14th and darkest day of every lunar month. Maha Shivaratri, which means "the great night of Lord Shiva," is celebrated on the 13th night/14th day of Phalguna, the 12th month of the Hindu calendar, which is around February to March every year.

Dedicated to the worship of the Destroyer, as the compassionate Lord Shiva is sometimes called, this night is considered one of the holiest in the calendar year. It awakens the inner spirit and destroys all evils in the Self. Devotees remain awake throughout the night, performing pujas and prayers, seeking Divine intervention to fight against all evils. Meditation is done in the night with the goal of achieving Self-awareness.

Regular yogic practices will tune the mind to stay awake and experience the powerful energy of Shivaratri.

Celebrations take place throughout the night of Shivaratri. The planetary positions on this night are unique and, thus, there is an increase in energy levels. It is believed that on this day, Lord Shiva married the goddess, Parvati.

On Shivaratri, devotees visit temples to offer prayers, chant mantras and take part in the pujas performed throughout the night. Bel leaves are offered to the god as it is believed that such offerings will absolve people of all sins and lead to liberation. According to yoga philosophy, Shiva is also known as Adi Yogi (First Yogi).

Shiva is considered to be the spine that was the source for all spiritual knowledge. Staying awake throughout the night of Shivaratri with the spine erect helps the devotee to experience a powerful upsurge of energy. Yoga can be used to further one's receptivity to this energy. It is best to assume a yogic pose that keeps the spine erect, but one that's simple enough to remain comfortably in the pose for a longer time.

It is also believed that it was on Maha Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed Tandava, a dance that signifies creation, destruction, support, illusion and grace.

Shivratri Meaning:

The word Shivratri is formed by the amalgamation of two words, Shiv and Ratri, where Shiv means 'Lord Shiva' and Ratri means Night. Therefore, Shivratri means the night of Lord Shiva.

Maha Shivratri Puja Benefits: The worship of on this day brings in a lot of benefits like:

  1. It makes the body free from diseases and cures even the age-old disease.

  2. Relieves from pain and sufferings

  3. Doing meditation on this day will bring in a high level of concentration and reduces stress

  4. Freedom from Cycle of Rebirth is procured, the devotee attains Moksha.

  5. The sins are reduced and removed.

  6. It helps in getting rid of negativity and evils like jealousy etc.

  7. This puja is performed for married women pray for the well being of their husbands.

  8.  This puja is also performed for unmarried women pray for an ideal husband like Shiva.


  • Shivling or a photo of Lord Shiva
  • A mat made up of wool to sit
  • At least one lamp (diya)
  • Cotton wicks (batti)
  • Holy bell (Ghanti)
  • Kalash or a copper pot (Lota)
  • A Thali (puja Plate)
  • White/Red/Yellow cloth for placing Shivling (Aasan)
  • Matchbox
  • Incense sticks
  • Sandal paste
  • Ghee
  • Camphor
  • Sindoor
  • Vine leaves (Belpatra)
  • Vibhooti- the holy ash
  • Arka Flower
  • Bilwa leaves
  • Cow's milk, raw
  • Honey
  • Prasad (Sweet)
  • Curd 
  • Gangajal
  • Rudraksh Mala
  • Chandan

  • Bhasam
  • A big bowl or vessel to perform abhishek
  • Ghee
  • Camphor
  • Sindoor
  • Bilwa leaves
  • Flowers of Dhatoora
  • Garland of flowers
  • Real Flower
  • Rice (Akshata)
  • Fruits (Any 5 fruits)
  • Dry fruits
  • Gandham (perfume or itra)
  • Panchamrit - A concoction of curd, honey, ghee, sugar and milk
  • Areca nuts (Supari)
  • Betel leaf
  • Cloves
  • Rosewater
  • Zaiphal
  • Gulal
  • Elaichi or cardamom
  • Janeu

महाशिवरात्रि पूजा सामग्री:

  1. शिव जी की तस्वीर या छोटा शिवलिंग

  2. बेलपत्र, भांग, धतूरा

  3. मदार पुष्प या फूलों की माला

  4. शमी के पत्ते

  5. कमल और सफेद फूल

  6. गाय का दूध, दही, शक्कर

  7. गंगाजल, महादेव के वस्त्र

  8. माता पार्वती के श्रृंगार का सामान, वस्त्र

  9. जनेऊ, चंदन, केसर, अक्षत्

  10. इत्र, लौंग, छोटी इलायची, पान-सुपारी

  11. मौली, रक्षा सूत्र, भस्म, अभ्रक, कुश का आसन

  12. शहद, बेर, मौसमी फल, खस

  13. शिव चालीसा, शिव आरती, महाशिवरात्रि व्रत कथा की किताब

  14. भोग के लिए हलवा, ठंडाई, लस्सी

  15. हवन सामग्री

  16. दान की सामान, जैसे वस्त्र, अन्न, गुड़, घी आदि

  17. आरती के लिए दीपक, गाय का घी, कपूर

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