Hindu Festival: Maha Sivaratri | A Night of Fasting

Shivaratri, or Mahashivratri, is one of the most auspicious occasions for members of the Hindu community. The day holds special significance for pious Hindus all over the world, especially devotees of Lord Shiva. Many of whom observe a strict day-long fast or Upvaas in honour of Lord Siva. The fast is broken only in the early morning of the next day, with the consumption of some traditional food items and drinks.

Siva's Dance of Creation

While virtually every Hindu festival comes with a sumptuous list of foods to feast on, during Mahasivaratri most Hindus fast. A spiritual practice found in almost all of the world’s religions, fasting calms the physical, mental and emotional energies, helping the devotee draw nearer to the ineffable Self within. While the most strict fast on nothing but water; others permit themselves fruits, milk or rice.

Read more about this festival at our permanent page for Mahasivaratri, including prasadam dishes.

Download a pdf of  information about Sivaratri (and other Hindu Festivals) here.

Nataraja on the Rooftops

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