Maha Shivaratri is a famous Hindu festival. Usually Shivratri is observed on the night of Phalgun month Krishna Paksha Trodashi. As per convenience, this is observed every year during the Chaturdarshi (Feb-March) in Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month. On the day of Shivaratri, people worship Lord Shiva. Devotees pay respects to Lord Shiva by fasting and offering fruits, water and milk. This year this festival is on Monday, 7th March, 2016 in Dhanishtha Nakshatra and because the festival is on a Monday, it’s importance has increased as Monday is the day of Lord Shiva.
Position of Planets
The festival of Maha Shivaratri is usually celebrated when Venus is in its exalted sign Pisces. However, this time this is not the case, because this day Venus is in Capricorn. On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri this year, the conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu in Leo sign,is creating ChandaalYog. The previous Maha Shivaratri in ChandaalYog in Leo sign occurred in 1980.
Pooja items for 12 Signs on Maha Shivaratri.
Aries – Offer Akk flower to Lord Shiva.
Taurus – Offer a mixture of milk and water to Lord Shiva.
Gemini – Offer Bale Pattar to Shivling.
Cancer – Offer Sandalwood and Rice to Lord Shiva.
Leo –Light a lamp of pure ghee on the evening of Maha Shivaratri in Lord Shiva temple.
Virgo – Recite Shiva panch akshara stotra in Shiva Mandir.
Libra – Offer Mishri and Butter and pray to Lord Shiva.
Scorpio – Offer unboiled milk to Lord Shiva.
Sagittarius –Pray to Lord Shiva with Akk flower and Bale Pattar.
Capricorn – Offer white flower to Lord Shiva.
Aquarius –Offer Kesar milk to Shivling.
Pisces – Offer Rice and Sandalwood to Lord Shiva.
Dr Baneeta Dhaliwal
MD,PhD (Gold Medalist)