On the auspicious day of the Maha Shivratri, there is a natural tendency and even assistance from nature, as evident by the positioning of the northern hemisphere, to raise energies within the system. The whole system of yoga and spiritual process as such is about enhancing a human being from his limitations to his limitlessness. For this enhancement to happen the most fundamental process is that there is an activation, an upward movement of energy, which is prominently observed on the day of Maha Shivratri.
The exuberant festival of Maha Shivratri, if observed throughout the night, provides an ideal ambiance to experience the natural upsurge of spiritual energy. Flabbergastingly observed with explosive meditations and spectacular musical performances, this unrivaled celestial extravaganza opens up the tremendous spiritual possibilities of the night. The night-long Vigil interspersed with colorful cultural presentations from around the globe expresses the eloquence of the festival.
Devotees sing hymns and chant mantras, especially Om Namah Shivaya. Some sit around a sacred fire and toss offerings of grain into the flames while chanting to Shiva while others after fasting and meditating throughout the day, hold a vigil all night with continued prayers and meditation.
1. It is believed that Maha Shivratri is the favorite night of Lord Shiva
- On this night Shiva performed the Tandava dance, the furious dance of all creation and destruction in the Universe.
3. It is a special night for unmarried women, who want a husband like Lord Shiva as he is the ideal companion.