Mahashivratri – Friday 24th February /

Shivratri usually falls on the 14th day of the dark half of each lunar month. However, once a year in the month of Magha (Feb -Mar) is the festival of Mahashivratri – meaning the great night of Lord Shiva.

The Puranas contain many stories describing the origins of this festival. According to one, during the samudra manthan, a pot of poison emerged from the ocean. This terrified the gods and demons as the poison was capable of destroying the entire world, and they ran to Lord Shiva for help. To protect the world from its evil effects, Shiva drank the deadly poison, but held it in his throat instead of swallowing it. Because of the poison, his throat turned blue, and he was therefore given the name Nilkanth, “the blue-throated one”.

In common with Ramnavmi and Janmashtami, Swaminarayan Bhagvan has asked us to observe a fast on this day.

At the mandir, Shiv Pujan will take place throughout the day with a Mahapujan from 7:30pm followed by a bhajan night from 8:00pm onwards.