New Delhi: Maha Shivratri will be celebrated on Thursday (March 11). It is a Hindu festival which is celebrated with full devotion in the name of Lord Shiva. It is celebrated on the 13th and 14th day of Hindu month, Maagha or Phalguna.
This festival is mostly celebrated in the month of February and March, which is observed on one day and night only before the new moon arrives. Devotees fast on Shivaratri and stay up all night singing hymns, verses of praise, and devotion to Lord Shiva.
There are many stories behind the celebration of Maha Shivratri which include the night that Lord Shiva performed the Tandav, a dance of creation, preservation, and destruction.
Now let's know about dates and timing for puja on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri.
Nishita Kaal puja time is from 12.06 am to 12.55 am on March 12. Nishita Kaal usually arrives at midnight which is less than an hour. Nishita Kala is defined as the 8th muhurta of the night and it is attained after doing complex calculations. It is of great importance to the Panchang makers and jyothishis as this period is essential for calculating festivals and auspicious days.
First Prahar puja time is from 6.27 pm to 9.29 pm on March 12.
Second Prahar puja time is from 9.29 pm to 12.31 am on March 12.
Third Prahar puja time is from 12.31 am to 3.32 am on March 12.
Fourth Prahar puja time is from 3.32 am to 6.34 am on March 12.
Prahar refers to the different times of the day and night. They are based on the actual observation of sunrise and sunset.
Shivratri Parana Time is from 6.34 am to 3.02 pm on March 12. Parana means breaking the fast and Ekadashi Parana is done just after sunrise on the next day of Ekadashi fast.
Chaturdashi Tithi begins at 2.39 pm on March 11 and ends at 3.02 pm on March 12.
In the Hindu calendar, Chaturdashi is the 14th day of the waning phase of the moon. This is the day prior to the new moon (Amavasya) or full moon (Purnima).