Maha Shivratri Celebration in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is one of the most culturally diverse states in the country. The huge palaces, massive forts, and the demeaning skyline of the cities make it the best place to be in during nearly all the festivals. Festivals are celebrated with great pomp and glory in Rajasthan with a number of fairs and celebrations all around. However, one of the most popular festivals that are celebrated in the state is Maha Shivratri.
This is the most sought-after festivals among the devotees of Lord Shiva, and they wait for the festival all around the year, and on the day of it, they swarm the temples of Lord Shiva in Rajasthan in groups and hordes to pay their respects. There is a lot of fanfare involved with the night as well as the day of Shivratri as Lord Shiva is one of the gods that is very important in the Hindu religion.
The devotees believe that celebrating the day with great fanfare and honesty will give them respite for their sins, and this is the reason why they observe a strict fast on that day. It is said that on the night of Maha Shivratri Celebration, Lord Shiva performed the “Tandav”, a dance form, and was also married to Ma Parvati. The whole state, as well as the country, is immersed in the enthusiasm and the spirit to celebrate this festival.
Temples to visit in Rajasthan during Maha-Shivratri
There are a number of temples that celebrate the festival of Maha-Shivratri in Rajasthan with great pomp and glory, be it iconic Lord Shiva temples or other temples as well. The Eklingji temple has a 50-ft high idol depicting the four forms of Lord Shiva, the perfect place that you should visit on the day of Maha-Shivratri.
There are chants of “Om Namah Shivaya” all throughout the night with devotees pouring in to offer fruits, milk, honey, bael leaves, coconuts, and water to Lord Shiva. There is a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm in the devotees that visit these temples that will leave you stunned. Other temples that should be visited on Maha-Shivratri include Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Manihara Mahadev Temple, and Someshwar Mahadev Temple.