We all celebrate Mahashivratri, an indian festival with one motive i.e. to please the all powerful Lord Shiv. We are very well aware of the love between Shiv -Parvati and embrace the same, but there are 4 hidden Love Stories of Lord Shiv.
Shiva has four wives and the four goddesses stand for something important in life.
Parvati, who has beauty and youth, is the goddess of love and romance. She is also known to be the mother of Ganesha. It is to be known that Shiva was to kill Ganesha, however he ended up adopting him as his own.
Another of Shiva’s wives, Umma, is the goddess of motherhood. She is known to be kind, caring, and sweet natured.
Durga, is the goddess of justice. She is seen as a strong and courageous woman who is determined to re-establish justice.
Kali, the last of the four well known wives, is known to be the goddess of death. She is morbid and appears to have a gothic appearance to her look and tends to be very wild and unpredictable.
But there are 4 reasons why we tend to celebrate Mahashivratri
· It is considered that Shiv and Parvati were married on this day after a whole lot of meditation and efforts by Parvati. Since then, women have begun the custom of praying for the well being of their husbands and sons on Shivaratri. Unmarried women pray for a husband like Shiva – the ideal husband.
· On the request of the Gods, Shiva drank the poison, but it was so potent that it changed the colour of his neck to blue. Shiva was advised to stay awake all night and to help Him, the Gods performed various dances. Pleased with their devotion, Shiva blessed all of them and, hence, Shivaratri is a celebration of the world being saved by Shiva.
· Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga on the 14th day in the dark fortnight of the month of Phalguna. Since then, the day is considered to be extremely auspicious and is celebrated as Maha Shivaratri.
· Shiva held out his thick hair to help Ganga as she descended from heaven. Winding through Shiva’s locks softened Ganga’s journey to the earth, thereby making Ganga an essential part of Shiva.
Celebrate the festival with all pomp and show after knowing all the bit of it.