Maha Shivaratri 2018 Pooja Muhurat : Maha Shivaratri Legends

Maha Shivaratri Festival 2018

Maha Shivaratri, which literally translates to “great night of Shiva” is an Indian festival and is celebrated on the new moon day. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture. In the yogic culture, Shiva is not known only as a god, but as the Adiyogi or the first yogi – the originator of yoga. He was the one who first put this seed into the human mind.


Maha Shivratri Date In 2018

13th Feb 2018

Nishita Kaal Puja Time = 23:42 to 24:34+
Duration = 0 Hours 52 Mins
On 13th, Maha Shivaratri Parana Time = 06:40 to 10:50


When is Sawan starting in 2018, Sawan Dates:

Sawan Somwar Dates in 2018: 

Sawan (saavan) Month’s Shivratri also known as Sharavan Mas Shivratri

Sawan Somwar Vrat Dates for Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar
Date Day Sawan Start
28 July (Saturday) First day of Shravana Month
30 July (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
6 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
13 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
20 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
26 August (Sunday) Last day of Shravana Month


South India: Sawan Somwar Vrat Dates for Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
Date Day Sawan Start
12 August (Sunday) First day of Shravana Month
13 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
20 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
27 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
3 September (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
9 September (Sunday) Last day of Shravana Month

Sawan Maha Shivratri Date In 2018

Sawan MahaShivratri: 9th August 2018 Monday

Nishita Kaal Puja Time = 24:07+ to 24:49+
Duration = 0 Hours 42 Mins
On 10th, Sawan Shivaratri Parana Time = 05:49 to 15:47


Legends of Maha Shivratri


There are many mythological legends associated with this day. According to a popular legend, when a hunter could not find anything to kill for his food in a forest, he waited on the branch of a Bael (wood apple) tree. In order to attract deer, he started throwing the leaves of the tree on the ground, unaware that there was a Shiva Lingam beneath the tree. Pleased with the leaves and the patience of the hunter, it is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in front of the hunter and blessed him with wisdom. From that day onward, the hunter stopped eating meat.

Another legend has it that after the Earth was faced with an imminent destruction, Goddess Parvati pleaded with Lord Shiva to save the world. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to save the world on the pretext that the people of the Earth would have to worship him with dedication and passion. From that day onward, the night came to be known as Maha Shivaratri and people began worshiping Shiva with a great enthusiasm.

Traditional Rituals of Maha Shivaratri

Rituals: People often fast on the night of Shivaratri and sing hymns and praises in the name of Lord Shiva. Hindu temples across the country are decorated with lights and colourful decorations and people can be seen offering night-long prayers to Shiva Lingam. Bael (wood apple) leaves and cold water are offered to the Shiva Lingam on this day, as they are believed to be Lord Shiva’s favorite.

It is believed that the people who fast on this night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva bring good luck into their life. Shivaratri is considered especially auspicious for women. Married women pray for the well being of their husbands and sons, while unmarried women pray for an ideal husband like Shiva. But generally it is believed that anyone who utters the name of Shiva during Shivaratri with pure devotion is freed from all sins. He or she reaches the abode of Shiva and is liberated from the cycle of birth and death.

upcoming festival  Krishna Janamastami Date

Source: Shreyas Yoga Retreat


Year Maha Shivaratri Date Sawan Maha Shivaratri Date
2010 12th February 8th August 2010
2011 3rd of March 29th July 2011
2012 20th of February 17th July 2012
2013 10th of March 5th August 2013
2014 28th of February 25th July 2014
2015 17th of February 12th
August 2015
2016 8th of March 1st
August 2016
2017 24th of February 21st
July 2017
2018 13th of February 9th August 2018
2019 4th of March 30th July 2019
2020 21st of February 19th July 2020
2021 11th of March 6th August 2021
2022 28th of February 26th July 2022
2023 18th of February 15th July 2023
2024 8th of March 2nd August 2024
2025 26th of February 23rd July 2025
2026 15th of February 11th August 2026
2027 6th of March 31st July 2027
2028 23rd of February 30th July 2028
2029 11th of February 8th August 2029
2030 2nd of March 28th July 2030