Shivratri, or Mahashivratri, is the most auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva.
In 2016, the date of Shivratri is March 7.
In 2016, Shivratri is doubly auspicious as it is falling on Monday or Somvar (March 7). Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Planetary Position on Shivaratri Night
It is believed that the planetary positions align in such a way on Shivratri night that it naturally creates an upsurge of energy in the human system.
The planetary positions on the night of Mahashivratri are such that, in the northern hemisphere of the planet, a powerful upsurge of energy can be experienced by those who stay awake with their spines erect throughout the night. This is why, traditionally, one is advised to stay awake all night. Any spiritual sadhana performed on this night has a deeper impact on the system. Thus, people on the spiritual path make use of this extra assistance from nature to intensify their sadhana.
Shivratri and Amavasya (No Moon)
The significance of Shivratri is closely associated with ‘amavas’ - the no moon night or full dark night as per traditional Hindu Calendar.
Shivratri is celebrated to get rid of evil and ignorance.