Millions of Hindus across the world are celebrating Maha Shiva Ratri with great devotion. People worship Lord Shiva and as a mark of reverence for saving the Universe consuming life taking poison, devotees fast on this day and even remain awake throughout the night singing praises of the lord. Shiva is the most popular God in Hindu Mythology, who punishes severely when confronted opening his dreaded third eye is also known for his benevolence at mere unintentional remembrance or chant of his name. When Devas to gain control over Heaven captured by Asuras under Bali’s leadership churned ocean of milk (Ksheera Sagara) with the help of snake Vasuki around Mount Madara(Madara Parvatam) many precious things came out of the ocean which are taken into possession by Devas promising nectar of life(Amrit) to asuras.
During the process, a tired vasuki spit venemous poison due which resulted in collosal loss of life. Asuras and Devas prayed Lord Shiva who drank the dreaded poision with a smile resulting in people singing praises of ‘Neelakantha’. People believe whoever worship Shiva on this day,they will attain moksha. On this occasion people throng Shiva temples across AP and India. Andhra Pradesh has many temples of Shiva and the most popular being Srisailam, Srikalahasti, Draksharamam, Vemulavada,Mahanandi, Kaleswaram, Palamaneru. India true to its spirituality is famous for Ashtadasa Sakthi peethams(18),12 jyotirlingas and five aramas. Myfirstshow.com wishes all a happy Shiva Ratri and hope all their dreams come true.