According to hindu Gujarati calendar , Maha Shivratri is celebrated every year on the 12th night or 14th day of the Maagha or phalgun month and according to Georgian calendar it comes in February-March month . The festival isdedicated to Lord Shiva.Maha Shivratri is the grand night festival of Lord shiva.The Hindu rises early in the morning and bathes in sacred rivers like Ganges and worship lord Shiva with Hindu traditions. Abhisheka of God Shiv is done with cold water, milk and Panchamrita, also offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves. A special drink called bhang or Thandai specially drink during the holi and Maha shivaratri, mixed in with spices, milk, cannabis flowers and sugar.
This auspicious day is believed to be the day of convergence of divine powers of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti. It is believed that on this day the planetary position in universe evokes the spiritual energies very easily. Religious penances are carried out to gain boons through the practice of medication and yoga. People worships lord Shiva whole day and chants "Om Namah Shivay". Some devotees also perform Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra to seek divine blessings of Lord Shiva.
The twelve jyotirlingas in India are very famous and most sacred places of Hindu, some of the holy cities where these twelve Jyotirlinga are situated, the oldest city Varanasi, ujjain, Nasik, Kedarnath and Somanath. Varanasi is considered as the city specially loved by Shiva, and is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage in India. Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal is one of the most important shrines of Lord Shiva hosts one of the biggest gatherings on Maha Shivaratri. Sadhu the Holy men’s of India are the true devotees of the Great Lord Shiva, who are always on their way to travel across all holy places in India of lord Shiva.
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