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Maha Shivratri festival is an important festival in India and is celebrated throughout the country. It is widely known as the night of Lord Shiva and is celebrated on the 13th or 14th of the night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun. Usually falls in February-March. An important festival of this year, according to the calendar, falls on February 23rd.

In Andhra Pradesh, pilgrims of Lord Shiva throng the Sri Kalahasteshwara temple in Kalahasti and the Bharamarambha Malikarjunaswamy Temple at Srisailam. In Kerala, Shivaratri is celebrated with a great pomp in the Shiva temple in Aluva, on the banks of the River Periyar. In Tamil Nadu Shivaratri, celebration is well-known in the Chidambaram temple and Rameshwaram Temple. In the state of Karnataka, the Srikanteshwara temple in Nanjangud and the Temple of Someshwara in Bangalore attract large numbers of pilgrims.

It is believed that Lord Shiva married the Goddess Parvathi on the day of Maha Shivaratri. Another belief is that Lord Shiva performed Thandava Nrithya on the Maha Shivaratri night. The pilgrims of Lord Shiva throughout the country are vigilantly watched, and after the usual bath of Shiva Linga they offer fruit, flowers and leaves to Lord Shiva and are keep awake at night without sleep. They believe that the ritual worship of Lord Shiva on the happy day of Shivaratri frees them from past sins and will be blessed by Moksha. Wearing new clothes, they go to the temples of Shiva and pray with chant prayers in praise to honor the memory of Shiva, saying “Om Namah Shivaya”, and they go to the temple three or seven times.

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It is believed that those who utter the names of Shiva during Shivratri, with perfect devotion and concentration, are freed from all sins. Lord Shiva is known by several names such as Shankar, Mahadevan, Neelakanth, Kailaseshwar, Kailashpathi and Nataraj. It is believed that the goddess Parvati performed tapas and prayers on the auspicious moonless night of Shivratri to prevent any evil from which her husband might suffer. Therefore, on this happy day, married women pray for the health and happiness of their husbands, and unmarried girls pray for a good husband, such as Shiva, the ideal husband of Parvati.

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