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Shivratri Fasting date and time in 2017

This is the general Shivratri fasting date in 2017 in India followed in most Panchangs and calendars. The same time is followed in United States, Australia, Britain and Canada. Shivratri Fasting in 2017 is from sunrise on February 24, 2017 to sunrise on February 25, 2017.  Puja is from midnight of  February 24 to  February 25 early morning hours. This year it is highly auspicious as Shivratri falls on Monday or Somvar, which is generally dedicated to Shiva.

It must be noted that Shivratri is observed during the night of Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi or the 14th day of the waxing phase of moon as per Hindu lunar calendar. 

Chaturdashi Tithi in India is from - 9:39 PM on Feb 24 to 9:21 PM on Feb 25.

Related How to observe Shivratri Vrat?

Why Krishna Moved Out of Mathura and Built His Kingdom in Dwarka?

After defeating Kansa, Krishna and Yadavas settled down peacefully in Mathura. But Jarasandha who was the father-in-law of Kansa did not accept Krishna. He decided to avenge the death of Kansa.

Jarasandha ordered his army to attack Mathura. He wanted Mathura to be razed down and burnt. But Krishna and Balarama defended Mathura against the assault.
Jarasandha attacked Mathura 17 times. Krishna and Balrama defended their kingdom each time.
Jarasandha was preparing to attack Mathura 18th time. Krishna learnt that the army of Jarasandha this time will be led by Kalayavan. As per destiny, this commander was destined to destroy Mathura.
Krishna who realized this asked all the people of Mathura to follow Him. From Mathura, Krishna and his followers moved towards west and made their kingdom in Dwarka – an island. As Dwarka was protected by sea on all sides, Jarasandha could no longer attack the kingdom.

Vasishta Gita Quotes

The great remedy for the long-lasting disease of samsara is the enquiry ‘who am I? To whom does the samsara belong’ which entirely cures it.
The company of sages converts emptiness into fullness, death into immortality, and adversity into prosperity.
All the arts acquired by men are lost by lack of practice. But the art of wisdom grows steadily once it rises.
He who, not knowing his own self, takes pleasure in sense objects, is indeed an unfortunate person. He is like one who realizes very late that the food earlier eaten by him was poisonous. Vasishta Gita