Puranas contain numerous stories and legends portraying the origin of this celebration. As per one, amid the samudra manthan, a pot of toxic substance rose up out of the sea. This unnerved the Gods and evil presences as the toxic substance was equipped for decimating the whole world, and they rushed to Shiva to offer assistance. To protect the world from its evil impacts, Shiva drank the deathly poison yet held it in his throat as opposed to gulping it. This made his throat turn blue, and he was given the name Neelakantha, the blue-throated one. Shivaratri is the festival of this occasion by which Shiva spared the world.
Why We Celebrate Shivratri
A legend clarifies the throughout the night love of Shiva on Shivaratri pooja. There was at one time a poor tribal man who was an incredible aficionado of Shiva. One day he dove deep into the woodland to gather kindling. Be that as it may, he lost his direction and couldn’t return home before dusk. As dimness fell, he heard the snarls of wild creatures. Scared, he climbed the closest tree for haven till dawn.
Perched among the branches, he was perplexed he would snooze and tumble off the tree. To remain wakeful, he chose to pull a leaf at any given moment from the tree and drop it, while droning the name of Shiva. At first light, he understood that he had dropped a thousand leaves onto a Linga to keep himself conscious, the tribal culled one leaf at any given moment from the tree and dropped it beneath which he had not found oblivious.
There is another possible explanation for the origin of the throughout the night adore. Being a moonless night, individuals venerated the god who wears the sickle moon as a decoration in hairs of Shiva.
Instantly after Mahashivaratri, practically like a supernatural occurrence, the trees are loaded with blooms as though to declare that after winter, the ripeness of the earth has been restored. What’s more, this maybe is the motivation behind why the Linga is adored all through India as an image of fruitfulness. The celebrations contrast in different parts of India. In southern Karnataka, for instance, children are permitted to get into all kinds of mischief and requesting punishment is the rule of the day, presumably beginning from the fanciful occurrence of Shiva punishing Brahma for lying. The Vishvanatha Temple at Kashi in Varanasi commends the Linga and the sign of Shiva as the light of incomparable knowledge.
The importance of mahashivratri is therefore considered as a ritual as well as an astronomical meaning of the Hindu universe. It scatters ignorance, exudes the light of knowledge, makes one mindful of the universe, introduces the spring after the chilly and dry winter, and summons the incomparable energy to take the insight of the beings that were made by him.