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Maha Shivratri is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals celebrated on the Phalguna month (the eleventh month of Hindu calendar) of Chaturdashi. This year, the festival is being celebrated on 21 February. The Chaturdashi timings will begin from 5:20 pm on 21 February and will end on 22 February, at 7:02 pm. Maha Shivratri is marked as the day when Lord Shiva and Parvati got married. It is also believed that Lord Shiva first appeared in the form of a linga on this day.
What to wear?
On this day, devotees take early bath, wear the auspicious green coloured clothes and visit the nearest Shiv temple to offer prayers to the Shiva Linga. If you can't wear on green, you also have the option to wear red, white, yellow, orange on this day. Black colour should be completely avoided as Lord Shiva did not like the colour at all. It spurred negative emotions within him.
Devotees are supposed to wear cotton clothes as they are considered pure. Men are supposed to wear dhoti while offering prayers.
Maha Shivratri Shubh Muhurat:
Maha Shivaratri on Friday, February 21, 2020
Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 12:10 AM to 01:01 AM, Feb 22
Duration - 00 Hours 51 Mins
On 22nd Feb, Shivaratri Parana Time - 06:55 AM to 03:26 PM
Ratri First Prahar Puja Time - 06:16 PM to 09:26 PM
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time - 09:26 PM to 12:35 AM, Feb 22
Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time - 12:35 AM to 03:45 AM, Feb 22
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time - 03:45 AM to 06:55 AM, Feb 22
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 05:20 PM on Feb 21, 2020
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 07:02 PM on Feb 22, 2020
Maha Shivratri Fasting rituals: The devotees observe the fast on Maha Shivratri after regular morning worship. While worshipping Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri, people can use Bael Patra, white or yellow flowers and daturas. You should offer milk-made items like kheer, barfi.