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Matha Shivaratri 2012 | மாத சிவராத்திரி 2012 | Masik Shivratri 2012 Dates

Matha Shivaratri 2012 | Masik Shivratri 2012

Matha Shivaratri 2012 - As per Hindu Calendar, Matha Shivaratri is celebrated on the 14th day of each month during the waning moon (Krishna Paksha) half. Matha means ‘monthly’ and Shivaratri means ‘night of Lord Shiva’. The day is observed every month whereas Maha shivratri falls once in a year. Matha Shivaratri 2012 dates listed below

Date Day Event
21 January 2012 Saturday Shivaratri
20 February 2012 Monday Maha Shivaratri
20 March 2012 Tuesday Shivaratri
19 April 2012 Thursday Shivaratri
19 May 2012 Saturday Shivaratri
17 June 2012 Sunday Shivaratri
17 July 2012 Tuesday Shivaratri
15 August 2012 Wednesday Shivaratri
14 September 2012 Friday Shivaratri
13 October 2012 Saturday Shivaratri
12 November 2012 Monday Shivaratri
11 December 2012 Tuesday Shivaratri
Matha Shivaratri 2012 | மாத சிவராத்திரி 2012 | Masik Shivratri 2012 Dates

Amavasai 2012 / Pournami 2012 / Pradosham 2012 / Karthigai 2012 / Ashtami 2012 / Navami 2012 / Sashti 2012 / Sankatahara Chathurthi 2012 / Thiruvonam 2012 / Matha Sivarathiri 2012 / Ekadhasi 2012 / Chathurthi 2012

About Matha Shivaratri 2012

According to hindus, shivaratri is a festival which helps to ‘overcome darkness’ in life. Shivarathri comes in every lunisolar month of hindu calendar. It falls on 13th night/14th day after pournami. Shivaratri is celebrated at night.

Maha Shivaratri

Shivaratri is closely connected to Lord Shiva. Shivarathri that comes in the month of february/march is very auspicious among other shivarathri and it is called as ‘Maha Shivaratri’. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated as a day of gratitude to Lord Shiva for protecting the world from the deadly poison. Maha Shivaratri is a major festival for hindus. They consider this maha shivarathri as ‘Great night of Shiva’. During the night, Shiva Linga are given holy bath every three hours. Thousands of people across the country, spend this auspicious night in the temple. They undergo fasting, perform poojas, chanting prayers in praise of lord, offering neivedhyam and performs other rituals.

Shivaratri is considered as the night when Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava Nritya’ – the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction. On the night of shivaratri, abisekha (ritual bath to the God) is performed with the panchagavya – milk, sour milk, urine, butter and dung. The festival holds special meaning for the ladies. They pray to Goddess Parvati also called ‘Gaura’, the giver of (‘suhag’ for) good husbands, marital bliss and a long and prosperous married life.

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