Maha Shivratri Special : Important tithi and puja timings

Shivratri also known as Maha Shivratri will be celebrated on March 11, Thursday). It is a Hindu festival that is celebrated with full devotion in the name of Lord Shiva. It is celebrated on the 13th and 14th day of Hindu month, Maagha or Phalguna in most parts of the country.

There are many stories behind the celebration of Maha Shivratri which include the night that Lord Shiva performed the Tandav, a dance of creation, preservation, and destruction.

Important dates and timing for puja on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri.

Nishita Kaal

Nishita Kaal puja time is from 12.06 am to 12.55 am on March 12. Nishita Kaal usually arrives at midnight which is less than an hour. Nishita Kala is defined as the 8th muhurta of the night and it is attained after doing complex calculations. It is of great importance to the Panchang makers and jyothishis as this period is essential for calculating festivals and auspicious days.

Four Prahar

1st Prahar puja time is from 6.27 pm to 9.29 pm on March 12.

2nd Prahar puja time is from 9.29 pm to 12.31 am on March 12.

3rd Prahar puja time is from 12.31 am to 3.32 am on March 12.

4rt Prahar puja time is from 3.32 am to 6.34 am on March 12.

Prahar refers to the different times of the day and night. They are based on the actual observation of sunrise and sunset.

Chaturdashi Tithi begins at 2.39 pm on March 11 and ends at 3.02 pm on March 12.

In the Hindu calendar, Chaturdashi is the 14th day of the waning phase of the moon. This is the day prior to the new moon (Amavasya) or full moon (Purnima).

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