New Delhi: The much-revered festival of Maha Shivratri is on March 11, this year. The day marks the celebration of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati’s marriage ceremony. It is believed that on this day if you please, Lord Shiva, all your wishes would be fulfilled.
On Maha Shivratri, temples are decorated with flowers, embellishments and other adornments days in advance.
In temples dedicated to the deity, many holy mantras are chanted.
-Shiva Moola Mantra
Om Namah Shivaya॥
-Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat॥
-Rudra Gayatri Mantra
Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi
Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat॥
Maha Shivaratri on Thursday, March 11, 2021
Nishita Kaal Puja Time – 00:06 to 00:55, Mar 12
Duration – 00 Hours 48 Mins
On 12th Mar, Shivaratri Parana Time – 06:34 to 15:02
Ratri First Prahar Puja Time – 18:27 to 21:29
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time – 21:29 to 00:31, Mar 12
Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time – 00:31 to 03:32, Mar 12
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time – 03:32 to 06:34, Mar 12
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins – 14:39 on Mar 11, 2021
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends – 15:02 on Mar 12, 2021
(as per drikpanchang.com)
So, we thought, if you are planning to perform the Maha Shivratri puja at home for the first time and are struggling to know the details, here’s a list of all the items you will need while conducting the puja.
– You will need a Shiva Linga or an idol made of Panchadhatu (five metals).
– A brass or a copper plate to place the idol/ Linga.
– A wooden plank or a raised wooden platform.
For Abhishekam, you need:
– Raw Milk
– Piece of fresh cloth
For the Puja:
– Brass/ silver or earthen lamps.
– Sesame/ mustard oil or ghee for lighting the lamp.
– Cotton wicks
– Incense sticks
– Dhoop (Sambrani)
– Copper/brass/silver Kalash
– Chandan ( sandalwood paste)
– Arka, Dhatura flowers and Bilwa leaves
– Ashta Gandha
For Puja Offerings:
Dry fruits (optional)
– Metal bell
– Aarti lamp
– A metal plate for burning the camphor
Here wishing all a very happy Maha Shivratri!