Maha Shivratri 2017: Devotee of Lord Shiva celebrates Maha Shivratri festival in India today

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NEW DELHI: The devotees of Lord Shiva are celebrating Maha Shivratri festival with big curiosity in the several parts of India today. Maha Shivratri means, the great night of Shiva. On the occasion of Maha Shivratri devotees worship Lord Shiva with chant’Om Namah Shivaya’ all night long. They demand to God Shiva for themselves with their family all types of prosperity in life. Maha Shivratri is celebrated in the honour of Lord Shiva.

Particularly,  women celebrate this festival. women Devotees of Lord Shiva do not eat or drink this day. This year, the festival of Maha Shivratri starts in Hindi month of Falgun on 24 February 2017. On the day, temples across the country are decorated with lights.
Lord Shiva is also known as Neelkanth. There is a story behind it. Poison and ambrosia had been founded after Samudra Manthan.  Poison was more dangerous for universe which represents Lord Shiva.  If the poison would have affected him the entire universe would have been destroyed. So Lord Shiva held his throat so that the poison could not get into his stomach which resulted in him turning blue in color and started knowing as ‘Neelkanth’.

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