Maha Shivaratri 2023 Date, Puja Vidhi, Calendar, Muhurat, and Time

Maha Shivaratri 2023: The festival of Maha Shivratri holds great significance in Indian culture. People in India get mesmerized by praying to Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri. In 2023, Maha Shivaratri will be celebrated on 18 February. Since the day of Shivaratri is approaching it is natural that people will want to know the timings and process (Vidhi) of Maha Shivaratri Puja in 2023. For this reason, we are presenting this article today. Through this article, people will learn all the details of Maha Shivaratri 2023. This consists of its Puja timings, Vidhi, Muhurat, and more. So, kindly go through this article if you are a devotee of Lord Shiva and celebrate Shivaratri with pure honesty.

Maha Shivaratri 2023

According to the Hindu religion, the day of the festival of Shivratri is Trayodashi of Falgun Krishna Paksha. The day is apparently falling on 18 February 2023. The devotees of Lord Shiva celebrate this day joyously by fasting for the whole day. The beauty of this festival is that the whole family can fast for Lord Shiva on this day. Maha Shivratri fast is considered very significant in Hindu Culture. People fast on this day so that Lord Bholenath’s blessings are with them and their families throughout their life. More details about this fast and Shivaratri festival are in the rest of the article.

Maha Shivaratri 2023
Maha Shivaratri 2023

महा शिवरात्रि 2023: Muhurat

Below is the information regarding different Puja events associated with Shivratri. Please go through the following table and participate in the Shivratri Puja according to the Muhurat.

Beginning time of Chaturdashi Tithi8:02 PM (18 February 2023)
Chaturdashi Tithi Ending Time4:18 PM (19 February 2023)
Nishitha Kaal Puja Timings12:16 AM to 1:06 PM (19 February 2023)
Timings of Shivaratari Paran6:57 AM to 3:33 PM (19 February 2023)
Puja Timings for Ratri First Prahar6:24 PM to 9:32 PM (19 February 2023)
Puja Timings for Ratri Third Prahar12:41 AM to 3:49 AM (19 February 2023)
Puja Timings for Ratri Fourth Prahar3:49 AM to 6:57 AM (19 February 2023)

Maha Shivratri Puja Vidhi

Maha Shivratri Puja has a proper method (Vidhi) that people perform in order to please Lord Bholenath. A great thing about Shivratri Puja is that it is done with limited Puja Materials. So, the people who are not so financially sound can also perform all the Puja Vidhi. The auspicious Puja Shivratri is performed by the devotees during the Nishta Kaal. The complete Puja Vidhi of Maha Shivratri is as follows.

Maha Shivaratri Puja
Maha Shivaratri Puja
  • To begin the Puja, you must sit in a quiet place and attain inner peace.
  • You can either take an idol of Lord Bholenath or a Shiva Lingam and place it in a clean Chowki (Wooden Platform).
  • You have to cover the Lord Bolenath idol or the Shiva Lingam with a clean white cloth.
  • You must also light a mud lamp and place it on the right side of the Chowki.
  • Sprinkle water and offer Bel Patra (Leaves of Bel), Dhatura, flowers, fruit, milk, curd, ghee, and honey to the idol of Lord Shiva.
  • You can also apply a Sandalwood Tilak to the Shiva Lingam.
  • While performing the puja, you can chant mantras and pray to the almighty for yourself and your family with a pure heart.

If you do not have the arrangement of an Idol of Lord Shiva or a Shivalingam at your house, then you can prepare a Shiva Lingam of mud as well. Moreover, you can simply visit your nearest Lord Bholenath Temple and perform all the Puja Vidhi there. After the completion of the Puja, you can also distribute Prasad among people.

Shivaratri Fasting Method

The Shivaratri Fast is considered extremely auspicious in the Hindu culture. It is said that if you perform the Shivratri Fast with utmost honesty, then the results it produces are equivalent to that of Ashwamedha Yagya. To begin the day of the fast, people have a bath early in the morning and then apply a Tilak of Ash on their Foreheads. People perform this fast in different ways according to their traditions. Some people bathe with sesame black seeds on this day and wear a Rudraksha to show their devotion to Lord Shiva. In many places, Lord Shiva is considered a symbol of knowledge, hygiene, and penance. So, to reflect this, the devotees apply three horizontal lines of Sandalwood Tilak.

On the day of the Fast, some people pray to the Rudraksha tree as well, since according to Hindu beliefs, the Rudraksha tree was born from the tears of Lord Bholenath. To please Lord Shiva several devotees go to the Ganga Ghats and take a dip in the waters of the Ganga River and pray for their families wellness.

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Maha Shivaratri Mantras

People chant several Mantras on Shivaratri whilst performing the Puja. The Mantas let them remember Lord Bholenath and peacefully pray for themselves and their families. It is also said that these mantras help people to cleanse their corrupt minds. The following is a list of some of the different Mantras that people can chant when they pray to Lord Shiva on the day of Shivaratri.

  • Om Namah Shivaay
  • Om Namo Bhagwate Rudraay
  •  Om Tatpurushaay Vidmahe Vidmahe Mahadevaay Deemahi Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat
  •  Karpur Gauram Karunavataram, Sansara Saram Bhujagendra Haram Sada Vasantam Hridayaaravinde, Bhavam Bhavani Sahitam Namami
  • Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat

Final Words

We hope we were able to answer all of your queries regarding the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri 2023. Have a joyous and wonderful festival. This Shivaratri, May Lord Mahadev fulfill all the desires of his devotees.

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