Shivaratri in Himachal Pradesh

By: Parkhi Aggarwal

29, Sep 2016 @ 12:55 AM
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Start Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017                     End Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017
Venue: Himachal Pradesh, India
Related to: Himachal Travel Guide

About Festival: On the advent of the very popular festivals of Himachal Pradesh people are found on the ‘seventh heaven’ every year. The arrival of February month as per the festival calendar Himachal Pradesh brings along the religious fest of Maha Shivratri.  This festival is an important part of Indian festivals which is celebrated throughout the state with utmost dedication towards Lord Shiva. Every corner of Himachal Pradesh is immersed into the festive spirit. It is believed that on this day, Lord Shiva married with Goddess Parvati.

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Top attractions: Tourist from around the world travel every to visit Himachal Pradesh in order to admire the distinct rituals of Maha Shivratri festival. The special attraction of Maha Shivratri festival is the seven days Maha Shivratri annual fair which is held every year on this cultural festivals Himachal Pradesh in Mandi town. Other highlights of this famous festivals of Himachal Pradesh comprise various folk dance and music performances, trade of general commodities and much more. One of the most unique ritual on this fest is that different Himachali Deities get together at one venue at Mandi town on this day. More than 200 deities in Mandi district are believed to meet at one place on this day which is a fascinating thing to be watched.

How it is celebrated: Myriad of immaculate ceremonies are part of the upcoming fairs and festivals Himachal Pradesh Maha Shivratri. This fest is remembered as 'The Night of Shiv' as almost all the sacred rituals are performed throughout the night. During the day some people keep fast and make the sculptures of Lord Shiva and Parvati with cowdung or earth soil to be worshipped at night. On this popular festivals of Himachal Pradesh people offer prayers in the form of songs for Shiva and Parvati. At some places sacred mantras or shlokas are recited by Pandits throughout the night.

Maha Shivratri cultural festivals Himachal Pradesh is the crucial fest of hill people especially of Mandi town which is aesthetically enhanced on this day. Plethora of hill forks visit Mandi in their traditional attire. Mandi Shivratri Fair is the most popular one which is known world-wide for its exclusivity. There is no fix date according to festival calendar Himachal Pradesh as fair falls every year on Maha Shivratri and continues later. During the fair different Gods and Goddesses come together at one place. Invitations regarding this are given to other districts also through temples. Deities are brought through Palkis. Tourists from different parts of India and abroad visit Himachal Pradesh to admire the pious conversion of this state into the 'Varanasi of the Hills'.

What people do: When it comes to Himachal Pradesh festival list fairs, events and celebrations there are plethora of interesting activities to be done by people. Especially when it comes to Indian festivals like Maha Shivratri an abundance of colorful rituals comes herewith. It is the festivals of Himachal Pradesh in February or March. Tourist on this occasion can take pleasure of shopping, eating and exploring some spectacular souvenirs of Himachal Pradesh.

In addition to this, adventurers can capture some unique custom of famous festivals of Himachal Pradesh Maha Shivratri in their cameras along with the exquisiteness of Mandi town. Other than this, the local folk of Himachal Pradesh makes most of this occasion by increasing his business for full 7 days.

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