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Shivratri Fasting – How to observe Shivratri Fast?

Shivratri literally means ‘the night of Lord Shiva’ and unlike other festivals associated with Hinduism there is no fun and celebrations on Shivratri day. Fasting and not sleeping at night is the most important observance on Shivaratri day. Shivratri night and the fast provides an opportunity to remove the ignorance and realize the Self that you are part of the Supreme Truth (Brahman) and open the door to bliss.
The Shivaratri fasting begins on the morning of Shivratri and ends next day morning or the Amavasya morning.
How to observe Shivratri Fast? Devotees wake up before sunrise and take bath and wear clean clothes. Applying of sacred ash, or vibhuthi, is an important aspect on the day. People also wear a Rudraksha Mala. The idols of Ganesh, Shiva and Parvati are cleaned and a lamp is lit. Most people then visit a nearby Shiva temple. In most places, Shivratri is largely observed in temples.
Food Eaten on the Shivratri Day Most devotees go for a fruit diet and drink lots of water. Si…

Teachings from Mundaka Upanishad explained by Sadhu Bhadreshdas

Just like countless herbs and plants grow on this earth according to their seeds, similarly this world is created from Akshar. On the earth, some trees have thorns, some are lush with fragrant flowers, some abound with sweet fruits whereas others may be bitter, astringent or pungent. The root cause of this variety is their seeds, not the earth. The earth produces and nourishes all, it is not biased or pitiless. Similarly, with regards to variety in the world, Akshar represents the earth. The differences we see in the world are due to the seeds in the form of the previous karmas of each ‘atma’. In this way, although being the cause of this extremely diverse creation, Akshar has no faults like pitilessness and prejudice. Akshar is nothing but divine. Yatha pruthivyamoshadhayaha sambhavanti – (Mundaka Upanishad: 1/1/7)