4 March 2008

Mahashivaratri 2008

Mahashivaratri always falls on the fourteenth day of the dark fortnight of Phalguna (February-March), and is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. (Mahashivaratri this year, 2008 falls on Thursday 6th March). On this day devotees sing Shiva bhajans, recite verses from scriptures, offer prayers in the morning and evening, and some observe fasting throughout the day. People visit Shiva Temples and in the case of Arunachala, premier Shiva site of South India, circumbulation of Arunachala Hill is observed by earnest spiritual pilgrims.

To learn more about the history and legends surrounding this festival, please read a previous posting on Mahashivaratri at this link.

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