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Festivals of India — Maha Shivaratri
Maha Shivaratri or Great Night of Shiva is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in reverence of the God Shiva. It marks the convergence of divine powers of God Shiva and Goddess Shakti. On the auspicious day, devotees observe fast and keep vigil all night.
It is believed to be the day Shiva saved the universe by drinking haalaahala the poison that emerged from the churning of the ocean (samudra manthana).
Mahashivaratri marks the night when God Shiva performed the Tandava.
This day is also believed to be the day that Shiva was married to the Goddess Parvati.
The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon is known as Shivratri. Of the twelve Masik Shivaratri in the year, the Maha Shivaratri is the most holy.
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the Krishna Paksha Trayodashi or Chaturdashi of Hindu calendar month Phalguna which falls in February or March as per the Gregorian calendar.
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