Shivratri also addressed as Maha Shivratri is an immensely popular festival honouring the divinity, Lord ‘Shiva’.The uniqueness of Maha Shivratri abounds in the fact that it is a night-long festival which involves ‘jaagaran’ – a night of wakefulness to usher in a sense of well-being.
The Puja or ritual following Maha Shivratri is carried out following a particular ‘vidhi’ or practice.
Practically the ‘fasting’ or ‘vrat’ is a part of the ritual and begins as a prelude to Maha Shivratri on ‘Trayodashi’, that is on 10 March itself. It includes eating only one time. Fasting detoxifies the body.