Lord Shiva is one of the most revered deities in the Hindu religion and Maha Shivratri is the greatest festival which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It marks the convergence of Lord Shiva with Goddess Shakti, the night the Lord Shiva and Parvati (Shakti) were wedded. The festival falls on the Chaturdashi Tithi during the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month of Magha according to South Indian calendar and that of Phalguna according to North Indian calendar. The festival is celebrated on the same day all over the country, though the difference is attributed to difference in lunar months.
The day is marked with numerous rituals, including a full day fast and the devotees eat only on the next day. The fast is observed by consuming only fruits and is a rigorous one. Lord Shiva temples all over the country are beautifully decorated and flocked with devotees, who perform puja at the Shivalinga. The puja is performed at night time and the fast is ended the next day after the devotees take bath. The best time to break the fast falls between sunrise and the end of Chaturdashi tithi so that the devotees get the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Maha Shivratri 2016 Puja Date and Mahurat Timing
Maha Shivratri this year falls on Monday, 7th March, 2016. Here are the Mahurat timings:
Chaturdashi Tithi begins at 13:20 on 7th March, 2016
Chaturdashi Tithi ends on 10:34 on 8th March, 2016
Nishita Kaal Puja Time from 24:06 to 24:56
The duration of this puja mahurat is 49 minutes.
Maha Shivratri Parana Time is from 6:42 to 10:34 on 8th March, 2016.
Ratri First Prahar Puja Time is from 18:21 to 21:26
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time is from 21:26 to 24:31+
Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time is from 24:31+ to 27:36+
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time is from 27:36+ to 30:42+