Shiva meaning "The Auspicious One", also known as Mahadeva, is one of the three major deities of Hinduism.
Shiva is distinct from Vishnu and Brahma yet one with them.
He is Anant, one who is neither found born nor found dead.
He is the Greatest of the Gods within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism.
He is one of the five primary forms of God in the Smarta Tradition.
The main iconographical attributes of Shiva are the third eye on his forehead,
the snake Vasuki around his neck, the adorning crescent moon, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair,
the threshula as his weapon and the damaru as his musical instrument.
Shiva is usually worshiped in the an iconic form of Lingam
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in reverence of the god Shiva.
The Maha Shivaratri festival, also popularly known as 'Shivaratri' or 'Great Night of Shiva',
marks the convergence of Shiva and Shakti.
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of Hindu calendar month Maagha as per Amavasya-ant month calculation.
As per Poornima-ant month calculation, the day is Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of Hindu calendar month Phalguna
which falls in February or March as per the Gregorian calendar. Of the twelve Shivaratris in the year, the Maha Shivarathri is the most holy.
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