Mahashivaratri Festival or the ‘The Grand Night of Shiva’, is one of the most lively celebrated festival with devotion and religious fervor every year at our Shree Jabreshwar Mahadev Mandir.
Shivratri falls on the moonless 14th night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun, which corresponds to the month of February – March in English Calendar, every year. Entire country is in grasp of the devotion to Lord Shiva, everywhere slogans of Bol Bam are on a high and various activities related to this takes place during this time.
The auspicious night of Mahashivaratri marks the night when Lord Shiva was married to Parvati Ma.
It is also believed that on this day Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’. the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction.
Another popular Shivratri story stated in Linga Purana states that it was on Shivaratri that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga.
Celebration by Devotees:
On this day Shiva devotees observe strict fast and offer fruits, flowers and bel leaves on Shiva Linga to appease Lord Shiva.
During this month devotees pour Ganga Jal on Shiv Ling, which they bring from the sacred river Ganga(Hooghly). Firstly devotees take bath in the Ganga ,then sacred Ganga Jal, is taken into two earthen pots, tighten on Kaanvad with the help of Chinka (specially designed rope), thereafter Kaanvadiyas (name given to devotees who carry Kaanvad) perform puja of Kaanvands and then carries them on their respective shoulder and march towards Temple bare feet. Throughout the way to temple they chant the name of Bhole Bab in different ways, like “BOL BAM – JABAR BAM”, BHOLE BABA – PAAR KAREGA”.
This sacred “Jal” is offered to lord SHIVA to attain enlightenment