“SHIVARATRI” means “Great night of Lord Shiva”. It is believed that on this day Lord Shiva was married to Goddess Parvati. It is also said that Lord Shiva was born on this day. There are various rituals and traditions associated with the celebration of Maha Shivaratri. It is celebrated throughout India with the devotees of Lord Shiva observing fast.
Every true devotee of Lord Shiva spends the night of Shivaratri in deep meditation, keeping vigil and observing the fast. All through the day, devotees chant “OM NAMAH SHIVAAYA” a sacred Panchakshara Mantra dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Devotees prepare delicious recipes as Prasadam/Prasad and offer to Lord Shiva. This Prasadam/Prasad is had by the devotees to break their fast. Some Maha Shivaratri recipes or Prasad are: