Mahashivratri 2024 – Muhurat, Significance, Rituals and Religious Beliefs 

As per the calendar of Hindu, Mahashivratri is observed yearly on the 14th day of the dark half of the lunar month of Phalguna or Magha.

Mahashivratri 2024

In this year Maha Shivaratri is going to be celebrated on 8th March 2024. On this day devotees perform shiv puja from morning to night, engaging in rituals and vigils.

This kind of festival holds immense spiritual and religious importance among Hindus and this is purely dedicated to lord Shiva, the destroyer and the most compassionate god of the universe.

This day is also called for the life time commitment of Shiv god and goddess Parvati. It was the auspicious day when both got married.  

Mahashivratri 2024 Muhurat

According to the Panchang, the fourteenth day of the waning phase of Falgun month will start at 9:57 pm on 8th March 2024 and end at 6:17 pm on 9th March 2024. Since puja of Shivratri is performed during the night, the sunrise time is not important.

  • Nishita Kaal Muhurat – Midnight 12:07 am – 12:55 am ( March 9th)
  • Vrat Parana Time – Morning 6:37 am – Afternoon 3:28 pm (March 9th) Mahashivratri 2024 four Prahar puja time.
  • Time of 1st Prahar Puja – Evening 6:25 pm – night 9:28 pm.
  • Time of 2nd Prahar Puja – Night 9:28 pm – Early morning 12:31 am (9th March)
  • 3rd Prahar Puja Time – Early morning 12:31 am – 3:34 am.
  • 4th Prahar Puja – Early Morning 3:34 am – 6:37 am.


Mahashivratri 2024 Significance

Some of the significance of this festival are given below –

  • The festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated across the country with huge enthusiasm and happiness.
  • On this day devotees stay awake all night to perform abhishekam, Rudraabhishakm and chant different shiva mantras to seek the blessing of Lord.
  • This is one of the unique occasions which marks the convergence of the divine energies of god Shiva and goddess Shakti.
  • Various legends describe the significance of Mahashivratri. As per one legend in the tradition of Shaivism, this is the night when Shiva performs the extreme dance of prevention, creation and destruction.
  • As per another legend, marriages of both Shiva and Parvathy take place on this day.

Mahashivratri 2024 Rituals

On this special day devotees wake early and take a holy bath first and properly cleans themselves. Clean their house, especially the puja room.

People light a diya in their room where pujas are held and worship lord Shiva with their reverence and heart.

They visit temples and perform Palabhishekam and then offer Panchamrit to Shiv Lingam and that Panchamrit is basically a combination of five things. Those things are curd, milk, honey, ghee and sugar powder.

The Mahashivratri has served as a historic confluence of artists for yearly dance festivals at main Hindu temples like Konark, Pattadakal, Modhera and others.

Mahashivratri 2024 Religious Beliefs

The festival of Mahashivratri is a symbol of overcoming darkness and ignorance prevalent in the world. People make offerings of various sweets and fruits to Shiva.

Some fast all day and worship Lord Shiva as per Vedic or tantric traditions while others practise meditative yoga.

They believe that on this day universal spiritual energies are specifically potent. The observance of Mahashivratri entails fasting, meditation on Lord Shiva, promoting social harmony and vigils at Shiva temples.

It is also believed that on this specific day Shiva gulped the Halahala produced at the time of Samudra Manthan and held it in his neck, which turned into blue. As a result he gained the epithet Nilakantha.

It also believes that Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is the place where this type of incident took place.

This festival is an opportunity for everyone to acknowledge the vast emptiness and reconnect with the creator spiritually. It is the night of wakefulness and awakenings, a night to receive incredible vision and compassion.

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