6 Best Places To Witness The Mahashivratri Celebrations In India!

Feb 24, 2017

Yes it’s time to revel in another long weekend! But first, let’s dig a little into the history of this festivity and find out what we’re celebrating. Mahashivratri, or ‘The Great Night of Shiva’, is celebrated around the months of February and March to mark the end of the winter and the dawn of spring. Symbolically seen as overcoming all darkness and welcoming a new day and age, Mahashivratri is celebrated in merriment by devotees throughout the night! However, there are also other legends that mark this day as the holy union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. So here’s what DezignGenie.com suggests as a way of celebrating the long holiday – put your detective glasses on, and take on an adventurous tour over the long weekend visiting places with the biggest Mahashivrati celebrations…

 

  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: One of the busiest times for Varanasi, more than a million Hindus from all over India come to visit the famous Shiva temple. Believers of the second tale, several Varanasi temples organize a wedding baaraat, wherein actors/enthusiasts play the role of different Gods and Goddesses and parade around parts of the city for five hours starting and finishing at the famous Tilbhandeshwar Temple. This is equivalent to any other modern-day carnival with its loud music and dancing to the beat and people consuming Bhaang, a form of marijuana legal and ‘sacred’ in Varanasi.

Tilbhandeshwar Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Tilbhandeshwar Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 

  • Haridwar and Rishikesh, Uttarakhan: The land of Yogis, Haridwar is another good place for Mahashivaratri because of the abundant temples, ghats and holy rivers such as the Har Ki Pauri, where pilgrims bathe to relieve themselves of their sins. Apart from witnessing Shivratri celebrations around one of Rishikesh’s Shiv temples, adventure-lovers may also spend the remainder of the weekend river rafting, going bungee jumping, walking on the Lakshman Jhula or merely visiting the unique cafes across the small town.

Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 

  • Mandi, Himachal Pradesh: The Bhootnath Temple at Mandi hosts the biggest Mahashivratri celebration in the country with its annual weeklong International Mandi Shivratri Fair, which flocks in national as well as international tourists. On a religious avenue, the Governor of the State leads a Shobha Yatra at an event inaugurated by the Chief Minister.

International Mandi Shivratri Fair, Himachal Pradesh

International Mandi Shivratri Fair, Himachal Pradesh 

  • Guwahati and Sibsagar, Assam: In the northeastern state of Assam, the hub of Shivratri celebrations is at the Umananda Temple, situated on the Peacock Island in the middle of the Brahamaputra River in Guwahati. Sibsagar, the capital of the erstwhile Ahom kings, is another major centre of Mahashivaratri celebrations in Assam, which attracts thousands of countrywide Shiva’s disciples.

Umananda Temple, Assam

Umananda Temple, Assam 

  • Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh: This festival is celebrated with immense religious fervor in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Traditionally, people in Madhya Pradesh take a holy dip in the Sagar tank in Khajuraho on Mahashivratri. Due to its stronghold of Shaivites, Bundelkhand hosts the biggest 10-day Shivaratri celebration in the state at the Matangeshwar Temple, which witnesses the participation of handicrafts traders, peddlers and gypsies from other parts of the state. To add on to the excitement, the locals also put up circus shows, magic shows, folk theatre, etc.

Matangeshwar Temple, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Matangeshwar Temple, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 

  • Puri, Orissa: Saving the best for the last, theShivaratri celebration at the Lokanath Temple, Puri is a popular and quite a unique one. According to popular mythological tale, Lord Ramachandra himself installed a Shiva lingam in the Lokanath Temple. This lingam, submerged in a vat of water, can only be seen on Pankodhar Ekadasi, before Shivaratri, when the water is removed from the vat. The sight of this rare lingam drives in a massive flock of Shaivas.

 Loknath Temple - Puri, Odisha

Loknath Temple, Puri

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