Deity Lord Shiva is known for his chivalry, strength and power in the universe. He is also known by other names, such as, Balavan, Devesh, Bholenath, Bhavesh, Dhruva, Girish, Jagadish, Jatin, Mahesha, Nataraja, Paramjyot, Pashupati, Pushkara, Rudra, Shankara etc. Many Indian parents name their children with these names. ’Masik’ literally means ‘monthly’. ‘Ratri’ means night. Masik Shivratri is observed one day every month in dedication-remembrance to Lord Shiva, whereas, Maha Shivratri once a year. It falls on Chaturdashi Tithi (14th day (Tithi) during Krishna Paksha, waning moon), well elaborated in the Hindu calendar. Chaturdasi (Sanskrit word) means 14, i.e., Chatur means 4 and Dasi means 10, so 4 + 10 = 14. However, the main celebration, Hindu festival in honor of Lord Shiva is called Maha Shivratri. In 2018, it falls on the 13th of February. The main festivity takes place at night.
It is observed in India, Nepal and communities in Mauritius and smaller countries in Indo-Caribbean region. Massive, famous and a landmark temple in Kathmandu ‘Pashupati Nath Temple’ also feature Lord Shiva. It is a site of UNESCO World Heritage. The temple withstood the massive Nepal earthquake of 2015.
One may notice that the Lord Shiva’s body is blue. It is because that it is believed that he kept a world destroying poison in his throat to save the Earth. That poison turned his throat and body blue; though he did not swallow the poison. This is also the reason why at times he is referred as Neelkanth. ‘Neel’ literally meaning the color blue.
The chant for Masik Shivratri is OM NAMAH SHIVAYA. It should be recited-chanted a 108 times in concentration and non-stop. Many perform Shivratri Vrat (fasting). Devotees pray for a happy family life, marital bliss, married life longevity, wellbeing of family members, unmarried girls pray for a good partner (husband), love, peace etc. It is also to refresh-purify the mind, body and soul.
The dates for 2018 for Masik Shivratri are—
15 January - Masik Shivratri
13 February - Maha Shivratri (Magha month)
15 January - Masik Shivratri
14 April - Masik Shivratri
13 May - Masik Shivratri
12 June - Masik Shivratri
11 July - Masik Shivratri
9 August - Masik Shivratri
8 September - Masik Shivratri
7 October - Masik Shivratri
5 November - Masik Shivratri
5 December - Masik Shivratri
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Date Published : 13 Jan 2018