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MAHA SHIVRATRI

When is Maha Shivratri in 2019?

Maha Shivratri in 2019 is on the Monday, 4th of Mar (3/04/2019).

Maha Shivratri is on the 63th day of 2019. There are 302 days left in the year.

Maha Shivratri Facts

  • Date: Mar 04, 2019
  • 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

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 14, 2019Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
SaturdaySatJan 26, 2019Jan 26Republic Day
MondayMonMar 04, 2019Mar 04Maha Shivaratri
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21Holi
SaturdaySatApr 06, 2019Apr 06Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
SaturdaySatApr 13, 2019Apr 13Ram Navami
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2019Apr 17Mahavir Jayanti
FridayFriApr 19, 2019Apr 19Good Friday
WednesdayWedMay 01, 2019May 01Labor Day
SaturdaySatMay 18, 2019May 18Budhha Purnima
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05Eid-ul-Fitar
ThursdayThuJul 04, 2019Jul 04Rath Yatra
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
ThursdayThuAug 15, 2019Aug 15Raksha Bandhan
ThursdayThuAug 15, 2019Aug 15Independence Day
SaturdaySatAug 24, 2019Aug 24Janmashtami
MondayMonSep 02, 2019Sep 02Vinayaka Chaturthi
TuesdayTueSep 10, 2019Sep 10Muharram
WednesdayWedSep 11, 2019Sep 11Onam
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2019Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
TuesdayTueOct 08, 2019Oct 08Dussehra / Dasara
SundaySunOct 27, 2019Oct 27Diwali / Deepavali
SundaySunNov 10, 2019Nov 10Milad un Nabi
TuesdayTueNov 12, 2019Nov 12Guru Nanak's Birthday
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2019Dec 25Christmas