Know When to Observe Masik Shivaratri in 2020

Masik Shivaratri is a day dedicated to worship the Divine and Supreme power of the Universe, Lord Shiva. He is one of the Holy Trinity responsible for constructive destruction, whereas Vishnu is the Preservor and Brahma the Creator.

Masik Shivaratri 2020

Every month the 14th Lunar phase that is the Krishna Paksha is known as Masa Shivratri or Masik Shivaratri. When Masa Shivaratri falls in the month of Magha, it is known as Maha Shivratri as per the Amavasya calendar while the Purnimant panchang marks the day in the month of Phalguna. In 2020, Masik Shivaratri will be celebrated on Wednesday, 20th of May, in Jyestha Nakshatra of Shukla Ashtami, in the year( 2076-77) of the Vikrama Samvata as per the Hindu calendar.

Masik Shivratri 2020 Date

Masik Shivaratri 2020 dates according to a corresponding month, nakshatra, day and auspicious timings.

Month

Date

Day 

Time

Nakshatra

January

23rd

Thursday

12:25 Am - 1:17 Am

Magha

February

21st

Friday

12:28 Am - 1:18 Am

Phaguna

March

22nd

Sunday

12:22 Am -1:10 Am

Chaitra

April

21st

Tuesday

12:16 Am - 1:00 Am

Vaisakh

May 

20th

Wednesday

12:15 Am - 12:58 Am

Jyestha

June

19th

Friday

12:20 Am - 1:02 Am

Ashadha

July 

18th

Saturday

12:41 Am - 1:07 Am

Shravana

August

17th

Monday

12:21 Am - 1:06 Am

Bhadrapada

September

15th

Thursday

12:11Am - 12:58 Am

Ashwini

October

15th

Thursday

12:01 Am - 12:50 Am

Ashwini

November

13th

Friday

11:58 Am - 12:50 Am

Kartika

December

13th

Sunday

12:08 Am - 12:44 Am

Margashirsha

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Masik Shivratri Significance

As per the Hindu calendar, Masik Shivaratri is celebrated on the 14th day of each month, during the Krishna Paksha tithi. Masik means ‘monthly’ and Shivratri means the ‘night of Lord Shiva’. This day is observed every month, though Maha Shivratri falls once in a year. The festival has religious relevance as it marks the convergence of Shiva-Shakti. Shiva represents Purusha (mindfulness) while Parvati symbolizes Prakriti (Nature). 

Masik Shivratri has religious significance as fasting on this day bestows a person with improved living and betterment in future endeavours. It is believed that impossible tasks can be completed by observing prayer and penance on this day.Unmarried females keep the fast for desired grooms while married females for the longevity and happiness of their husband and son. The day has special importance as fasting on this day leads one’s soul towards salvation or Moksha

About Masik Shivratri 

Masik Shivratri is highly auspicious because Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga. A dispute between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu took an ugly turn,when both proclaimed one superior in qualities and power than the other. Suddenly a pillar with no origin and end appeared before the two. Both mutually agreed that whoever discovers the origin and end of the pillar will be considered the mightiest out of the two.

Lord Brahma transformed himself into a Swan and flew to find the origin of the pillar, while Lord Vishnu appeared as a Boar and started searching for its end. However, their efforts went in vain, as none of them could spot the origin or end of the pillar. Unable to accept his failure, Lord Brahma lied to Lord Vishnu and boasted of having found the origin of the pillar. Lord Shiva appeared before them and performed  the ‘Tandava Nritya’ and told them that it was he who had manifested as the pillar and exposed Lord Brahma’s lies and cursed him of not having a single temple dedicated to his name on Earth. It was the day of Shivratri when Lord Shiva manifested as a Lingam and was first worshipped in his iconic form by Lord Brahma and Vishnu.

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Masik Shivratri Story

As per an anecdote of the ‘Samudra Manthan’ (churning of the ocean), people were terrified when poison expelled out of the ocean and got spilled all over. They feared the destruction of the entire world and looked towards their merciful saviour Lord Shiva, who saved the world by swallowing the poisonous fumes called Halahal. The potent poison remained in his throat and turned it blue, after which Lord Shiva was called ‘Neel-Kanth’. Therefore, offering milk to a Lingam is considered auspicious during this period. People pay homage to their God on this day, who saved them from mass destruction.

Masik Shivratri Puja Vidhi

Special Puja Vidhi is done by devotees on this day.

  • People bathe and set up the Puja altar early in the morning.
  • ‘Abhishek’ of the idol of Lord Shiva or Lingam is done with Gangajal, milk, curds, ghee, honey, vermillion, turmeric powder, rose water and ‘Bel’ leaves.
  • Some devotees smear sandalwood paste, sprinkle vermillion and offer flowers to the idols of the deity.
  • Aarti or hymns are recited in honor of Shiva by blowing a Conch and ringing bells.
  • Home-made prasad is placed as an offering on the altar.
  • Ideally, Puja is done at midnight as devotees fast throughout the day and conclude it the next morning.
  • Night vigil or Jagran is observed as Bhajans and Kirtans create a positive aura in the environment.
  • Shivratri Puja is considered highly auspicious on a Tuesday.
  • Besides, Lord Shiva people also worship Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati and Parvati. Doing Pradosh Kaal is considered auspicious on this day.

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Masik Shivratri Rituals

Rituals followed on this day are

  • Devotees venerate Lord Shiva’s idol or Lingam on this propitious day, in their beautifully adorned home temple with a proper set of rituals and sacraments.
  • Married and unmarried females observe fasts for attaining favorable benefits from god. 
  • The day is believed auspicious to visit Holy pilgrim places of Lord Shiva for his veritable boons and utter benedictions.
  • ‘Natraj’, a cosmic dancing form of Lord Shiva is also revered for attaining salvation from lust, hatred, pride, bitterness and jealousy.
  • Masik Shivratri night is religiously celebrated with fanfare and exuberance.

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