Updated: Apr 20, 2021
When is Mahashivratri?
This year Mahashivratri falls on Thursday 11th March 2021, 'ratri' means evening and so you'll find most celebrations take place at night.
Significance of Mahashivratri?
There are 12 Shivratris throughout the year but Mahashivratri is the most significant. It is a Hindu festival, simply put celebrating Lord Shiva's birthday. There are various stories associated with what happened on this day, one is that Lord Shiva appeared as a Lingam a midnight. Another is that he danced his cosmic dance on this day and therefore earned the name 'Nataraja'. On a deeper level though it is an opportunity for us to uplift ourselves as there is an upsurge of energy around us.
How can we celebrate Mahashivratri during lockdown?
In many regions people will stay up all night, chanting shlokas, performing pujas or meditating. Showing their devotion to Lord Shiva and using this sacred time when the energy around us is so strong to absorb it and find peace within. From your temples at home you can remember Lord Shiva in whichever way you deem fit. You can even fast for the day allowing your body to have a break from everyday indulgences.
Have you seen our Shiva activities? Below you can find a Shiva drawing class that 108 Puzzles ran during lockdown which also includes some stories about Lord Shiva.
Alternatively you can learn a fun easy bhajan with some dance moves about our dear Lord Shiva.