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Maha Shivratri 2022: Complete puja calendar, auspicious times, date and Shivratri puja vidhi | Cultural News

New Delhi: One of the most revered and celebrated festivals in our country – Maha Shivratri will be celebrated this year on March 1st. The day is basically a celebration of the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati. Devotees crowd into the temples in large numbers and offer their prayers.


In some parts of the country, such as Jammu and Kashmir, preparations for Maha Shivratri begin a few days before the festival. It is the main festival of the Kashmiri Pandit (KP) community and is known as Herath. The festival is celebrated by Kashmiris a day before the rest of the country. Therefore, the KPs will inaugurate the Maha Shivratri festival on February 28 this year. On March 1, they celebrate Salaam – a ritual where elders and house guests give money as a token of love to children, who wear new clothes for Shivratri.

The Pan-Indian festival is also widely celebrated by Indians who have settled abroad.

Our country is home to various traditions and cultures and therefore, by respecting each of them, the festivals take on greater significance for all. The celebrations and rituals may differ depending on whether you move north to south or east to west, but the spirit with which is worshiped is the same.


Maha Shivaratri on Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Nishita Kaal Puja Time – 00:08 to 00:58, March 02

Duration – 00 hours 50 minutes

March 2 Shivaratri Parana Time – 06:45, March 02

Ratri First Prahar Puja Time – 6:21 PM to 9:27 PM
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time – 21:27 to 00:33, March 02

Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time – 00:33 to 03:39, 02 March
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time – 03:39 to 06:45, 02 March

Chaturdashi Tithi starts – 03:16 on Mar 01, 2022
Chaturdashi Tithi ends – 01:00 on Mar 02, 2022

(according to drikpanchang.com)


– Take a bath before doing Puja or visiting a temple.
– Purify the house and puja area by sprinkling Gangajal.
– Light a brass or earthenware lamp.
– Sit with your eyes closed and invite Lord Shiva to accept your offerings. (You or your family priest can do the Pran Pratishthan by invoking the God in your idol).
– Now do Abhishek with water on Shiv Linga or Moorti of Shiva. Chant ‘OM’ or ‘OM – Namah Shivaya’ while doing the Abhishek.
– Then make Abhishek with milk, Dahi, followed by honey, ghee (clarified butter) and water again.
– Use a clean cloth to gently wipe the Shiv Linga or Idol.
– Use the sacred ash (Vibhuti) or bhasm and do a Tripundra on the Forehead of the Lord or on the Shiv Linga. (The Tripundra is the famous three horizontal marks).
– Put a Chandan tika in the center of the horizontal line in the middle. And then add kumkum teeka. Add Bel or Vilva leaves and flowers.
– Light and dhoop incense sticks.
– Then offer fruits and dried fruits to God.
– Then chant the Shiva Chalisa or the 108 names of Lord Shiva or any simple Shiva Mantra.
– Meditate for a while.
– Conclude the Puja by chanting the Shiva Aarti.
– Pray to Goddess Parvati as Shakti and Lord Shiva – seeking the blessings of Shivashakti.

(The Puja Vidhi may differ from region to region)

Some devotees observe the fast during the day and some keep it the night before the puja.

The blessings of Bhole Shankar and Devi Parvati are sought by all and what better day than celebrating Maha Shivratri.

I wish everyone a very happy Maha Shivratri!

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