Maha Shivaratri Festival
Shivarathri usually falls on the 13th night or the 14th day in the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Maagha as per Hindu Calendar. It is also believed that on this day Lord Shiva was married to Godesses Parvati.
On Maha Shivaratri Festival day, people worship Lord shiva and offer fasting. The Shivalinga is workshiped throughout the night by washing it every three hours with milk, curd, honey, rose water, etc.. Some people keep chanting the name of Lord Shiva with the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya”. It is believed that people who do Shivarathri vratha ie., fasting have to eat only fruits and milk and not consume eatable made out of Rice and wheat. One should not sleep the whole night and spend the time in performing pooja. They can sleep only the next day after seeing Moon. It is very difficult to have the darshan of Lord Shiva on this day. One can see long queues to have the darshan. The temples will be open from the morning hours of the Shivarathri festival and will not be closed until the next day as many people come to temple to offer prayings after seeing the moon. This completes the vratha.