Why does Maha Shivratri mean? They fill a pot full of water from the holy river, before they proceed to the Shiva temples to offer prayers and sacrifices. Devotees offer brooms to Lord Shiva to seek his blessings and get cured from skin diseases.
Celebrated prominently in North and South region of India, Maha Shivaratri aims to honour Lord Shiva, with the devotees observing day-long fasts. These people reportedly vow to offer a broom at the Pataleshwar temple if their diseases are cured.
Issuing a communique, President Maithripala Sirisena has extended his wishes for Maha Shivaratri Day stating that the prime expectation and the noble vision of all religions is to promote spiritual and moral well-being of humankind. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing Yoga and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, noninjury to others, forgiveness and the discovery of Shiva. The Shiv Lingam is bathed in milk, honey and ghee and holy rituals are performed.
The festival falls on the 13th or 14th day of the Hindu month of "Phalgun" (February-March). It is the day Shiva was married to the goddess Parvati.
According to the South Indian calendar, Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha in the month of Magha is known as Maha Shivaratri.
Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in reverence of the God Shiva.