Maha Shivratri festival Celebration Varanasi: Information and details
The Maha Shivaratri Festival or Shivaratri festival is celebrated as wedding anniversary of lord Shiva i on the 13th and 14th day of the Phalgun month according to the Hindu calendar. This is one of the main festival celebration for the locals as the Varanasi is the abode of Lord Shiv and during the festival whole city take part in this historical celebration.Every temples of this city is full of devotees and particularly, Kashi Vishwanath temple main jyotirlinga temple there is huge crowd and precession takes place . Not only in Varanasi but it is celebrated throughout the county. Lord Shiva is the main deity for the worship and men , women , child , elderly age people every one fast and visit the temple and its believe that unmarried women fast for getting good future husband .
There are list of things that you can do during your visit to Varanasi .
1 Rudrabhishek is a special prayers which means prayer to lord Rudra which mean shiva where devotees fast during the day and in the evening perform special prayers to lord Shiva at the temple with priest by offering milk, flowers , parsad , fruits and get blessed . you can choose any of the temple where you can perform the rudrabhishekam and get blessed.
2 Mangala aarti is morning prayers at Kashi Vishwanath temple ,However every temple in kashi or Varanasi morning aarti takes place where you can visit and see the rituals and get blessed .
3 Special Boat ride on the Ganges boat ride for the sunrise is the best way to see the shivaratri festival celebration in oldest living where thousand of devotee flok to this city for the holy bath and perform the prayers to lord shiva.
4 DrinK lassi .drinking lassi as bhang lassi usually local people drink and enjoy the festival at sweet shops and this is the local culture for the celebration of Shivratri .
5 Music and Concert several places in Varanasi where indian classical music take place in the evening specially Dhrupad mela at Tulsi ghat and concert at Andh vidyalaya at Durga kund takes place every year and you can take part .
6 Procession in old part of town a special procession takes place that you can take a part in and however its highly crowded but one of the best things to see during shivratri festival in Varanasi .