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MAHA SHIVRATRI

When is Maha Shivratri in 2023?

Maha Shivratri in 2023 is on the Saturday, 18th of Mar (3/18/2023).

Maha Shivratri is on the 77th day of 2023. There are 288 days left in the year.

Maha Shivratri Facts

  • Date: Mar 18, 2023
  • 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
  • Tue
  • Mar 01, 2022

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJan 01, 2022Jan 01New Year's Day
FridayFriJan 14, 2022Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
WednesdayWedJan 26, 2022Jan 26Republic Day
TuesdayTueMar 01, 2022Mar 01Maha Shivaratri
FridayFriMar 18, 2022Mar 18Holi
SaturdaySatApr 02, 2022Apr 02Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
SundaySunApr 10, 2022Apr 10Ram Navami
ThursdayThuApr 14, 2022Apr 14Mahavir Jayanti
FridayFriApr 15, 2022Apr 15Good Friday
SundaySunMay 01, 2022May 01Labour Day
MondayMonMay 02, 2022May 02Eid-ul-Fitar
MondayMonMay 16, 2022May 16Budhha Purnima
FridayFriJul 01, 2022Jul 01Rath Yatra
SaturdaySatJul 09, 2022Jul 09Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
SaturdaySatJul 30, 2022Jul 30Muharram
ThursdayThuAug 11, 2022Aug 11Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonAug 15, 2022Aug 15Independence Day
FridayFriAug 19, 2022Aug 19Janmashtami
ThursdayThuSep 08, 2022Sep 08Onam
FridayFriSep 09, 2022Sep 09Vinayaka Chaturthi
SundaySunOct 02, 2022Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
WednesdayWedOct 05, 2022Oct 05Dussehra / Dasara
FridayFriOct 07, 2022Oct 07Milad un Nabi
MondayMonOct 24, 2022Oct 24Diwali / Deepavali
TuesdayTueNov 08, 2022Nov 08Guru Nanak's Birthday
SundaySunDec 25, 2022Dec 25Christmas