New Delhi, Feb 12: 'Bhasma aarti' is a grand affair performed in the early morning hours at Ujjain's Mahakaleshwar temple. And when it is a Shivratri, one can imagine the grandeur of the festival.
Shivratri or the great night of Shiva heralds the onset of spring. This day is one of the most revered one for the devotees and those who want to get nearer to the Lord through meditation.
This year though Shivratri starts in the evening of 13th February, it extends to 14th February.
Devotees celebrate this festival by various ways: some meditate and do Yoga while others chant mantras and observe fast. There are many legends around this festival, celebrated with great devotion by Hindus all across the world.
One legend goes that his day Lord Shiva drank all poison and savd the world. Therefore, he is called Neelkantha. o protect the world.
Another legend says that it is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction.
Yet another belief goes that this is the night when Shiva and Parvati got married.