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Maha Shivratri 2020: Dos And Don'ts To Keep In Mind On This Auspicious Day

On Maha Shivratri, Devotees Observe A Fast And Visit Shiva Temples To Offer Prayers.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pallavi Singh | Updated on: 19 Feb 2020, 03:25:22 PM
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Maha Shivratri is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals which is annually observed in honour of Lord Shiva. This year, it will be celebrated on February 21 across the country. On this day, devotees observe a fast and visit Shiva temples to offer prayers. Pujas are performed in the late evening and milk is offered to the Shivaling. At some temples, cultural programmes too are organised. However, while offering prayers to Lord Shiva, one must keep a list of dos and don’ts in mind.

Things To Do On Shivratri:

Early Morning Bath: Take a bucket of water and add some black sesame seeds in it. Then have a bath with the water. 

Abhishekam: Visit the nearest Shiva temple or you can worship at home as well. Give the statuette bath with honey, water and milk.

Offering: Offer Belpatra, Kumkum, Turmeric, Dhatura and Akanda Flowers and Sandalwood to the linga. 

Food offering: Lord Shiva is fond of milk-made food items. Hence, you can offer kheer or milk barfi to the linga. Some people also offer bhaang to the Siva idol. 

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Offer prayers: Chant the mantra 'Om Namah Shivay' and offer your prayers to the lord. 

Day and night fast: The Shivratri fast begins in the morning and continues till the next morning. Devotees generally consume milk and fruits throughout the day. 

Things Not To Do On Shivratri:

Tulsi Leaves: Never offer tulsi leaves while worshipping Lord Shiva. It is believed that devotees who use tulsi leaves during puja are unable to complete their puja.

Saffron: Devotees refrain from offering saffron and opt for ash instead which Lord Shiva applies on his forehead.

Alcohol: You shouldn't consume alcohol or non-vegetarian food on Maha Shivratri. 

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Coconut water: Coconut water should also be avoided.

Bronze pot: While offering milk, curd or water, ensure you use a copper pot and not a bronzer one. It's believed that bronze is equivalent to wine and the Lord doesn't approve of the hands or nails touching anything inappropriate.

Around the Shivling: According to the Shiv Puran, the devotee isn't supposed to take a full round around the Shivling. You should only go around in a semi-circle and return to where you started from. A full circle is said to offend the lord and the blame will be on you.

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First Published : 19 Feb 2020, 02:04:45 PM

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