Mahashivratri is the famous Hindu festival celebrated each year in reverence to Lord Shiva, the Hindu God of Destruction and Destroyer of Evil. The sacred day is observed to mark a remembrance of ‘overcoming darkness and ignorance’ in life and the world. Unlike most festivals, it is celebrated at night and is a solemn event.

If you, like everyone else, are looking forward to knowing more about Mahashivratri 2025, keep reading as Wego discusses it.

Mahashivratri is the night when Shiva is said to have performed the Tandava Nritya, or the dance of primordial creation, preservation, and destruction. According to believers, this saved the world from destruction.

The planetary positions on this night are such that the human system has a powerful natural upsurge of energy. Staying awake all night at this holy event is believed to be hugely beneficial for one’s physical and spiritual well-being. Devotees across the nation visit the temples of Lord Shiva, practice fasting, and chant ritual mantras all night.

Mahashivratri 2025 date and time

Mahashivratri is celebrated on the 13th night and 14th day of every lunar month. The Shivaratri in the month of Falgun (Phalguna) – the last month of the Hindu calendar – is Maha Shivaratri, which means “the Great Night of Shiva.” It occurs just before Spring’s arrival, usually in February or March in the Western calendar.

For the year 2025, Mahashivratri will fall on 26 February 2025. The Chaturdashi Tithi begins at 11:08 AM on 26 February 2025 and ends at 8:54 AM on 27 February 2025.

Mahashivratri 2025 prayer timings

As reported by some sources, the prayer timings for all four Prahars for the year 2025 are as follows:

  • Maha Shivratri Nishita Kaal Puja – 27 February 2025 from 12:14 AM to 01:04 AM
  • Ratri first Prahar – 26 February 2025 from 06:24 PM to 09:32 PM
  • Ratri second Prahar – From 26 February 2025, 09:32 PM to 27 February 2025, 12:39 AM
  • Ratri third Prahar – 27 February 2025 from 12:39 AM to 03:46 AM
  • Ratri fourth Prahar – 27 February 2025 from 03:46 AM to 06:53 AM
  • Parana time – 27 February 2025 from 06:53 AM to 08:55 AM

How is Mahashivratri celebrated?

The holy night is celebrated across India and is also observed by the Hindu population of Mauritius, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. The festival is principally celebrated by offering Bael (Bel Tree) leaves to Lord Shiva, all-day fasting, and an all-night-long vigil.

The sacred mantra of Shiva, “Om Namah Shivaya,” is chanted all day and night in Shiva temples. Special pujas are held across homes and temples throughout the nation.

Devotees in India also bathe in the holy Ganges river, as it is considered to be sacred in Hinduism and is believed to bring blessings and purification on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri.

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