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Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivratri (the Great Night of Shiva) is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is the day Shiva was married to Parvati. The Maha Shivratri festival, also popularly known as Shivratri or Great Night of Lord Shiva, is observed on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha every year on the month of Falgun according to the Hindu calendar.

All through the day the devotees keep severe fast, chant the sacred Panchakshara mantra Om Namah Shivaya, make offerings of flowers and incense to the Lord amidst ringing of temple bells. They maintain long vigils during the night, keeping awake to listen to stories, hymns and songs. The fast is broken only the next morning, after the nightlong worship.

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