Shivratri is the festival that is celebrated for the Mahadev himself before we discuss its importance let us know first that it is celebrated twelve times a year which means that it is observed once every month and it is recognized as the night of no moon and by its fall the next day is marked as the day of new moon.
Out of all these shivratri maha shivratri is considered most auspicious as on this day Mahadev saved the world from the most dangerous poison that came out of the samudra manthan as Shiva gracefully accepted it and drank it to save the world so his followers celebrate this even as the most divine one.
Shiva is the supreme deity of the Hindu trinity as he is the destroyer and the one who worships him observes all the good things in life.
Maha Shivratri 2016 Dates will fall in March this year on the seventh of the month, those who wish to worship the deity must follow all the important rituals of the puja. The proper rituals include the following steps
Waking up early before the sunrise and taking bath in cold water.
After that wearing clean clothing to start your day.
Then go to the nearest Shiva temple and offer some fruits to the deity.
Chant the mantra given below at least hundred and one times to obtain the auspicious blessing of the deity
त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिंम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ।।
Offer some money and food to the needy people to obtain their blessings and your Shivratri Puja will be complete.
Maha Shivratri 2016 will come only once a year, so do not miss this divine time to observe the grace in your life.