Today – February 20, 2012 – is observed as Shivratri. Mahashivaratri is the night dedicated Shiva. The formless Supreme Truth – Shiva – took form and appeared on this night to remove Maya or illusion and lead devotees on the path of bliss. The path to bliss is to realize that all that is living and nonliving is nothing but the Supreme Truth. There is no second.
Observances on the day include chanting of Shiva mantras, fasting and keeping vigil at night. Special pujas are performed at midnight.
Shivratri fasting is from sunrise on Feb 20 to Sunrise on Feb 21. Pujas begin at the night of Feb 20 and continue to early morning hours of Feb 21.
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