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Maha Shivaratri 2023

Maha Shivaratri 2023

By Albee NingUpdated Dec. 20, 2022

Maha Shivaratri 2023 falls (begins) on February 18th (Saturday), which is a public holiday, when Indians can have 1 day off.

Maha Shivaratri or 'Great Shiva Night' is a sacred nightlong festival in honor of the god Shiva. Devotees observe fasting and meditating to appease Lord Shiva and seek his blessings for well-being and long and prosperous marriages during Maha Shivaratri.

Mahashivratri is celebrated on Chaturdashi (the 14th) tithi (lunar day) ending Krishna Paksha (the waning moon or dark fortnight) in Maagha (the 11th lunar month of the South Indian calendar), which is also known as Phalguna (the 12th lunar month in the North Indian calendar), which falls in the period between mid-February and mid-March on the Gregorian calendar.

Maha Shivaratri 2022 God Shiva

Mahashivaratri Auspicious Timings 2023

In Hindi, the auspicious time for puja (worship rituals) is called its muhurat. The Shiva muhurat on the Night of Shiva is the 12 hours of night beginning on Chaturdashi tithi (the 14th lunar day) in the lunar month of Maagha/Phalguna:

  • Chaturdashi tithi 2023 begins: 08:02pm on February 18th, 2023
  • Chaturdashi tithi 2023 ends: 04:18pm on February 19th, 2023

The Mahashivratri puja (rituals) are performed at Nishita Kaal (the midnight muhurta lasting 48 minutes) or once for each of the four prahars of the night (each prahar lasts about 3 hours), and fasting is observed for the full 12 hours (4 prahars) of the night. Hindus usually bathe before and after the fast.

The muhurta and prahar timings vary by over an hour across India due to time difference and the position of the moon with respect to the various locations…

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Maha Shivaratri Dates: 2021–2030

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated once a year. The date oscillates according to the Hindu lunar calendar. It's the day before the (penultimate) new moon before the spring equinox. It falls in late winter, just before the arrival of spring (in February/March).

Year Maha Shivaratri Date
2021 March 11 (Thursday)
2022 March 1 (Tuesday)
2023 February 18 (Saturday)
2024 March 8 (Friday)
2025 February 26 (Wednesday)
2026 February 15 (Sunday)
2027 March 6 (Saturday)
2028 February 23 (Wednesday)
2029 February 11 (Sunday)
2030 March 2 (Saturday)

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