Masik Shivratri

Masik Shivratri is observed every month on Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha. Shivratri is a festival that is celebrated by devotees of Lord Shiva to get his blessings. It is believed on this day when devotees pray to Lord Shiva they are blessed with prosperity, good health, harmonious family life, blessed married life, increase in wealth and more. Masik Shivratri is celebrated just like Maha Shivratri. The only difference between the two is that Maha Shivratri is celebrated once a year, while Masik Shivratri is celebrated every month.
Legends
According to legend, it is the day when Lord Shiva drank the poison that emerged due to the Samudra Manthan, to save the universe. The drinking of the poison by Lord Shiva gave him the name Neelkanth, as his throat turned blue with the poison. To celebrate his extraordinary power to save the earth, Shivratri is celebrated.
Another legend states this is the day when Lord Shiva and Goddess were married. Another legend also mentions the day of Masik Shivratri as the day when Lord Shiva performed his dance of creation, preservation, and destruction (Tandava). So on this day, devotees pray to the Nataraja form of Shiva to help attain salvation by getting rid of hatred, jealousy, pride, lust, and ego. A popular belief is on this day Lord Shiva appeared in his iconic Linga form.
Significance
Shivratri is a day which is considered important for young girls and women. On this day, married women and mothers pray and keep a fast for their husbands and sons. Unmarried women worship Lord Shiva so as to find the ideal life partner for them.
Rituals
Typically on Masik Shivratri devotees observe a day-long fast, while some end their fast the following day in the morning. Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are visited by devotees, while some perform a Puja at home. Devotees keep a vigil all night while chanting ‘Om Namaha Shivaya’ mantra. An Abhishek is performed on an idol of Lord Shiva or a Shivling using holy water, milk, curd, ghee, honey, turmeric powder, vibhuti, and rosewater. People chant ‘Om Namaha Shivaya’ to receive the blessings of Lord Shiva. Special Prasad in the form of fruits is offered to the Lord.
Benefits
Shivratri is a day of the union of Shiva and Shakti. People who observe Masik Shivratri are benefitted by getting liberated from their sins, drive away evil, overcome fear, keep away from disease and illness, gain inner strength, wisdom, and peace, and achieve success and prosperity.
Rudraksha
On this day some devotees choose to buy a Rudraksha mala and offer it to Lord Shiva, as Rudraksha mala is his favorite ornament to wear. His compassion for mankind, made him leave a heritage of divine, powerful energy in the form of Rudraksha for those seeking his love, protection, help, and blessings as per shastras. Wearing a Rudraksha and asking for Lord Shiva’s blessings on Masik Shivratri after offering all your five senses to him is known to dissolve negativity in every aspect of life and draws immense positive blessings. Thus the wearer starts to experience a more successful life and gets his desires fulfilled.