Shivratri is a Hindu festival which is celebrated in India for more than 10,000 yrs. Unlike other festivals, it is the festival of the night as the name itself clarifies it is the night which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shivratri which falls in the month of Phalgun in hindi calendar is called Mahashivrati. It is an annual festival of Hindu which falls before the starting of summer i.e in the month of February or March. Mythologically, Lord Shiva is also known as the creator of the prithvi (earth) and he is also well known for his aggressive nature .
Why to celebrate Maha Shivratri
There are many reasons to celebrate this big day as no one knows the exact reason. Different saints have their different opinions about this festival. The most common reason to celebrate this day, it is believed to be the day when Lord Shiva was married to Goddess Parvati. And therefore at many places people celebrate this by organising a full wedding scenario in the traditional Hindu way.
The other reason to celebrate this day is that when both Lords and demons fought for the Amrit (ambrosia), they churned the ocean and a pot of poison emerged which Lord Shiva consumed to save the lives of the people. So, different peoples have different beliefs to celebrate this festival, but the thing which is common is that everyone worships Lord Shiva the whole night.
Temples where Maha Shivratri is Celebrated in Lucknow
- Budheshwar Mahadev Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and located in Indira Nagar (Lucknow). It is one of the ancient and renowned pilgrimage situated in Uttar Pradesh. It was built by Raja Bakshi. It is said that when Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita were going for vanvas they worshipped the Lord Shiva here and that too on Wednesday, because of which it is named so.
- Mankameshwar Temple
It is 1000 years old temple in the city of Nawabs which is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. According to hindu Mythology this Shivlinga is existed here from the time of Ramayan. It is believed that when Laxman is going back to Ayodhya after dropping Goddess Sita for Vanvaas (for living in forest), he stayed here and worshipped lord Shiva. This temple is constructed by King Har Nav Dhanu.
- Nageshwar Shiv Temple
It is said to be a temple with glorious past, the temple is 300 years old. As we know NAGA SADHUS are bhahkts of Lord Shiva and Lord Shiva himself is also known as Nageshwar Mahadev. This temple is built by the son of Lord Ram, KUSH who fell in love with the Nag kanya and as she was a great devotee of Lord Shiva, so kush built this temple for her. According to some stories it is also believed that when everything else in the city was distructed, it is the only structure which survived.
- Bhootnath Temple
In this temple Lord Shiva is worshipped along with Hanuman Ji, Goddess Parvati and the Nandi, bull of Lord Shiva. The area where it is located is named after the temple Bhootnath Market. It holds very important religious place in Lucknow. The festival of Shivratri is the main attraction here. On this day you will see thousands of devotees coming to pray Lord Shiva at this temple.
Article written by: Ms. Abhishree Nagar