Mahashivaratri is one of the most awaited nights in the Hindu calendar. Shivaratri is a time of devotion and transformation. It is a time to showcase our gratitude and love to Lord Shiva, the great destroyer. The mere sacrifice of sleep or specific eatables does not necessarily help in taking us closer to salvation. There are several legends that are related to Shivaratri, but in this post we shall focus on how to make the best use of this divine day.
Festivals like Mahashivaratri need to be used to rejuvenate one’s belief in the supreme power of god. Devotion is the measuring stick for all individuals in god’s eyes. Make sure that even if you spend only one minute for your prayer, do it with sincere devotion. The following is a simple ritual that can be done on Mahashivaratri to get the infinite blessings of Lord Shiva :
After you finish bathing in the evening, light a lamp in front of Lord Shiva’s photo. Now place a small bowl of ghee in front of the lamp. Take a fistful of washed rice and keep it in a plate. Now sit in front of the lamp with your family and make each member keep some rice in fornt of them as told above. Take a grain of rice in your right hand , in between the thumb and ring finger, and chant the following mantra :
ॐ नमः शिवाय महारुद्राया महादेवाय नमः