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MAHA SHIVRATRI

When is Maha Shivratri in 2022?

Maha Shivratri in 2022 is on the Tuesday, 1st of Mar (3/01/2022).

Maha Shivratri is on the 60nd day of 2022. There are 305 days left in the year.

Maha Shivratri Facts

  • Date: Mar 01, 2022
  • Religious
  • Also Called: Shivratri, Happy Shivaratri
  • Celebrations: Worshiping Lord Shiva, fasting
Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri, which literally translates to "great night of Shiva" is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture.

There are many mythological legends associated with this day. According to a popular legend, when a hunter could not find anything to kill for his food in a forest, he waited on the branch of a Woodapple tree. In order to attract deer, he started throwing the leaves of the tree on the ground, unaware that there was a Shiva Lingam beneath the tree. Pleased with the Woodapple leaves and the patience of the hunter, it is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in front of the hunter and blessed him with wisdom. From that day onwards, the hunter stopped eating meat.

Another legend has it that after the Earth was faced with an imminent destruction, Goddess Parvati pledged with Lord Shiva to save the world. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to save the world on the pretext that the people of the Earth would have to worship him with dedication and passion. From that day onwards, the night came to be known as Maha Shivratri and people began worshipping Shiva with a great enthusiasm.

Some folklore also consider this to be Shiva's day as this was believed to be the answer given by Lord Shiva when asked about his favorite day by Goddess Parvati.

Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival which is celebrated by people following Hinduism in India. People often fast on the night of Shivratri and sing hymns and praises in the name of Lord Shiva. Hindu temples across the country are decorated with lights and colorful decorations and people can be seen offering night long prayers to Shiva Lingam. Woodapple leaves, cold water and milk are offered to the Shiva Lingam on this day as they are believed to be Lord Shiva's favorite.

It is believed that the people who fast on this night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva bring good luck into their life. The most popular Maha Shivratri celebrations take place in Ujjain, believed to be the place of residence of Lord Shiva. Large processions are carried out throughout the city, with people thronging the streets to catch a glimpse of the revered idol of Lord Shiva.

Maha Shivratri Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Wed
  • Mar 05, 2008
  • Maha Shivaratri
  • Mon
  • Feb 23, 2009
  • Maha Shivaratri
  • Fri
  • Feb 12, 2010
  • Maha Shivaratri
  • Thu
  • Mar 03, 2011
  • Maha Shivaratri
  • Mon
  • Feb 20, 2012
  • Maha Shivaratri
  • Sun
  • Mar 10, 2013
  • Thu
  • Feb 27, 2014
  • Tue
  • Feb 17, 2015
  • Mon
  • Mar 07, 2016
  • Fri
  • Feb 24, 2017
  • Wed
  • Feb 14, 2018
  • Mon
  • Mar 04, 2019
  • Fri
  • Feb 21, 2020
  • Thu
  • Mar 11, 2021

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01New Year's Day
ThursdayThuJan 14, 2021Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
TuesdayTueJan 26, 2021Jan 26Republic Day
ThursdayThuMar 11, 2021Mar 11Maha Shivaratri
MondayMonMar 29, 2021Mar 29Holi
FridayFriApr 02, 2021Apr 02Good Friday
TuesdayTueApr 13, 2021Apr 13Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
WednesdayWedApr 21, 2021Apr 21Ram Navami
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25Mahavir Jayanti
SaturdaySatMay 01, 2021May 01Labour Day
ThursdayThuMay 13, 2021May 13Eid-ul-Fitar
WednesdayWedMay 26, 2021May 26Budhha Purnima
MondayMonJul 12, 2021Jul 12Rath Yatra
TuesdayTueJul 20, 2021Jul 20Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
TuesdayTueAug 10, 2021Aug 10Muharram
SundaySunAug 15, 2021Aug 15Independence Day
SaturdaySatAug 21, 2021Aug 21Onam
SundaySunAug 22, 2021Aug 22Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonAug 30, 2021Aug 30Janmashtami
FridayFriSep 10, 2021Sep 10Vinayaka Chaturthi
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
FridayFriOct 15, 2021Oct 15Dussehra / Dasara
ThursdayThuNov 04, 2021Nov 04Diwali / Deepavali
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19Milad un Nabi
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19Guru Nanak's Birthday
SaturdaySatDec 25, 2021Dec 25Christmas