Maha Shivratri is predominantly a Hindu festival, celebrated annually in honour of Lord Shiva, the God of destruction. Maha Shivratri, literally translates as ‘the great night of Shiva’.
There are many legends and stories around the reason of celebration ‘Mahashivratri’
One says that it is a celebration of the sacred union of Lord shiva and Paravati.
Another is that when the Gods and demons churned the ocean together to obtain ambrosia that lay in its depths, a pot of poison emerged. Lord Shiva consumed this poison, saving both the Gods and mankind. The poison lodged in the Lord’s throat, turning him blue. To honor the savior of the world, Shivratri is celebrated.
One more is that as Goddess Ganga descended from heaven in full force, Lord Shiva released her on earth in the form of several streams through his matted locks, preventing destruction of earth. As a tribute to Him, the Shivalinga is bathed on this auspicious night.
One of them, it is on this night that Lord Shiva performs his cosmic dance of ‘creation, preservation and destruction’