Maha Shivratri Kab Hai? Is Maha Shivratri a Public Holiday? Shivratri 2020

By | February 19, 2020
Maha Shivratri Kab Hai?

Maha Shivratri also is known as Shivratri is a Hindu festival of India, celebrated to worship Lord Shiva, an important Deity in Hindu Culture

Mahashivratri (Great night of Shiva) is one of the prime festivals of Hindus in India and Nepal. Monday is counted as the best day to worship Lord Shiva. Similarly, we celebrate Shivratri to dedicate the day to Lord Shiva who is believed to be an energy source for us i.e we eat, walk, breathe because of him. He is our Guardian. Lord Shiva stimulates our existence. As per the Hindu mythology, we celebrate the festival on the new moon day in Magha month. Maha Shivratri Kab Hai? Get all the details below:

Maha Shivratri Puja Timings

Maha Shivaratri festival usually shows up in the month of February or March. This year, Maha Shivratri is on 21st February 2020 (Friday), and the timings for celebrations are – 5.20 P.M on 21st February to 7.02 P.M on 22nd February 2020. The night puja timings – evening 6.41 P.M (21st February) to 12.52 A.M (22nd February). 

People worship Lord Shiva on the day of Maha Shivratri and keep fast, sing hymns & praises to show love and devotion to Lord Shiva. See the exact timings below:

  • Chaturthi starts: 5.20 PM on 21st February 2020
  • Chaturthi ends: 7.02 PM on 22nd February 2020
  • Nishita Kaal Puja time: 12.27 A.M to 1.17 A.M (22nd February 2020)
  • First Prahar night puja time: 6.41 P.M to 9.46 P.M (21st February 2020)
  • Second Prahar puja night time: 9.46 P.M to 12.52 A.M (22nd February)
  • Third Prahar puja night time: 12.52 A.M to 3.58 A.M (22nd February 2020)
  • Fourth Prahar puja night time: 3.58 A.M to 7.3 A.M (22nd February)
  • Timing to break your fasting: 7.03 A.M to 3.47 P.M (22nd February 2020)


Is Maha Shivratri a Public Holiday?

Yes, Maha Shivratri 2020 is a public holiday and schools, colleges, business remain closed on the same day. Follow to know important events happening around.


Why Shivratri is celebrated in India?

According to Hindu mythology, there are various reasons that justify the importance of Maha Shivratri celebrations. Have a look:

  1. Lord Shiva married Parvati on this day and thus, it is a day to celebrate their marriage with happiness
  2. Lord Shiva consumed the poison that came out of a pot when monsters and god were fermenting the ocean in the greed of achieving ambrosia that was hidden in its depth. Lord Shiva saved everyone’s existence by drinking that pot of poison which stuck in his throat. To honour his this hero, Maha Shivratri is celebrated
  3. Lord Shiva protected the destruction on earth by capturing goddess Ganga who collapsed from heaven, in full force. Lord Shiva caught her & released further on to earth. On the night of Maha, Shivratri people offer Bel Patra and milk to shiva linga to show complete devotion and love for Lord Shiva
  4. People believe that Lord Shiva disguised himself in the shape of Lingodhbhav Moorthi at midnight. Thus people wake all night to worship him


What to do on Maha Shivratri 2020?

Many people pray, meditate, celebrate and do fasting on Maha Shivratri. You should perform such actions on the day of Maha Shivratri to make Lord Shiva happy:

  • Be divinely on the day

Chant OM NAMAH SHIVAYA that is believed to offer you energy and peace at mind. OM refers to the sound of the universe meaning love and peace. NAMAH SHIVAYA ‘Na’, ‘Ma’, ‘Shi’, ‘Va’, ‘Ya’ indicate the five elements – Water, Earth, Fire, Air, and Ether.

  • Be a part of Maha Shivratri Puja/Rudra Puja

Maha Shivratri pooja is a special occasion that is observed to honour lord shiva where we sing Vedic mantras and perform Indian rituals. Maha Shivratri puja brings purity and positivity in the house and our lives, turning bad forces down. Meditate and listen to the chants which will connect to the lord shiva itself.

  • Worship the Shivalinga

Shivalinga represents Lord Shiva. Worshipping Shivlinga on the day brings peace and health. We offer Bel Patra (bel tree leaves) to Shivlanga that represents offering giving 3 aspects – tamas (your part that brings inertia), rajas (the part responsible for activity), and sattva (the part which brings peace) that affect your actions.



Maha Shivratri Kab Hai? Got the date? Happy Maha Shivratri 2020 to Everyone!! Enjoy the day and celebrate the festival with love and happiness. May Lord Shiva bless you all 🙂

2 thoughts on “Maha Shivratri Kab Hai? Is Maha Shivratri a Public Holiday? Shivratri 2020

  1. Karan

    Har Har Mahadev…. Useful information and we have govt holiday on 21st Feb


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