Maha Shivratri, is largely celebrated in India and Nepal. It is an important day in Hindu Calender
Maha Shivratri festival is celebrated on the new moon day in Magha Masam (Magh Month) according to the Hindu calendar.
According to a story, when a hunter could not find anything to have for his food in a forest, he waited on the branch of a Woodapple 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 Wood apple 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 onwards, the hunter stopped eating meat and started praying Lord Shiva.
In India, people often fast on the night of Maha Shivratri and sing hymns and praises in the name of Lord Shiva.
Hindu temples across the country are decorated with lights and colorful decorations and people can be seen offering night long prayers to Shiva Lingam.
It is believed that the people who fast on the Maha Shivratri night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva bring good luck into their life.