Mahashivratri is the grand night of worshipping Lord Shiva and is one of the important occasions among Hindus all over the world. Celebrated on the 13th night till 14th morning of the Krishna Paksh of Phalgun month, this day has a lot of importance as the Shiva devotees flock to the decorated temples in large numbers to offer their prayers and seek blessings from the Divine Shiv on this day. The rituals and traditions of the Shivratri pujas are followed to please the God and people observe fast the whole day as well. People perform Rudraabhishek, (elaborate puja) chant mantras of ‘Om Namah Shivaya,’ meditate and follow the rituals to please the God. It is a very auspicious day for all Hindus and is celebrated all over India. Indeed it's a day when all gather together singing "Shiv Bhajans" and praying him with his wife "Shakti". Now as to the reason for the celebration of this Maha Shivratri there are many Hindu mythology related to it. Some relates it with the Samudra Manthan, when Gods and Demons where looking for amrit, first toxic poison came out. This poison could destroy the all creatures. So the Gods requested Lord Shiva to drink the poison and save the world. Pleased with the prayers Lord Shiva drank the poison and held it in his throat by binding it with a snake. His throat turned blue because of the poison and he is called the ‘Neelkanth.’ It was the night of mahashivratri and since then people celebrate this day to thank God for being the savior. Another popular story is the marriage of Shiv and Parvati on the night of Mahashivratri. It is believed that King Daksha opposed Shiv and Sati’s marriage and ignored Shiv’s presence for a yagna. Raged by the insult Sati jumped into the fire. Hearing this Lord Shiva unleashed his fury and performed the violent dance, Tandava. The Gods fearing the consequences revived Sati in the avatar of Parvati and on the night of Mahashivratri they got married. Hindus celebrate this day by singing bhajans and narrating the story of each prahar of the marriage celebration. There are other stories as well which talk about the significance of the day. It is a popular belief that whoever prays whole-heartedly to Lord Shiva is rewarded well and all his troubles are taken care of by the Lord of Lords. So celebrate this Hindu auspicious day by greeting your loved ones with our Shivratri Cards and Maha Shivratri Greetings. You can even offer pooja to the shivling with our special virtual Shivratri puja card and that too for free!