New Delhi (Dr Aarti Dahiya, astrologer): Maha Shivaratri, or the great night of Lord Shiva, is falling on March 11 this year. A significant occasion for devotees of Hindu god Shiva, this day of love and sacrifice is considered auspicious for those trying to get their wishes fulfilled.
The festival is marked across India to remember the existence of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti. Many philosophies and stories explain the reasons behind celebrating Shivaratri, the main one is to experience the energy and love of Shiva and Shakti.
The most known philosophy is the divine wedding and union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. When gods and demons churned the ocean together ('Samudra Manthan) to obtain 'Amrit' to gain immortality, Lord Shiva consumed poison to save the world. The poison was controlled by Devi Tara, a form of goddess Kali, by putting three fingers under his throat and stopping the poison to further spread in his body, turning his throat blue. To also honour the saviour and Devi Tara, Shivaratri is celebrated.
One more legend is that as Goddess Ganga descended from heaven in full force, Lord Shiva caught her in his locks to reduce the flow and then released her in streams on earth. This prevented the destruction of the Earth. As a tribute to Lord Shiva, Shiva Linga is bathed on this propitious occasion.
For smooth-sailing love relationships and marital life, couples should offer pomegranate juice (without any spice) to shivaling.
For great finances, one should offer jaggery juice to shivaling keeping the specific wish in their mind.
If one wishes to rid themselves of Health issues, one must offer black and white sesame seeds added in the water to the shivalinga.
Finally, people wanting to marry in the near future should tie red 'kalawa' 7 times starting from Shakti to Shiva and end at Shakti, keeping the wish in their mind.