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Maha Sivarathri

New-moon night in Massy is the great night of Shiva or Maha Shivaratri is very sacred to the devotees of Lord Shiva. Tradition on this day, Lord Shiva consumed the deity poison which emanated when the ocean of milk was churned by the Devas and Asuras, and this saved the universe.

The worship that was offered to Shiva on that night is being repeated annually. Another version  is that at the time of deluge, the whole world was immersed in complete darkness, and the divine mother Parvati  restored light to the world, by offering worship to the Shiva  on this night. It is said that the rituals observed by the ordinary folk are the same as those observed by Parvati 

Maha Sivaratri  is observed in every temple dedicated to  Lord Shiva and in every Shaivite  Hindu household. The devotees keep vigil the whole night. Throughout the night, the people  worship Shiva by chanting "Om Nama Sivaya " or singing hymns in his  praise. The next morning  they take their bath and after worshipping Shiva, break their fast. Shiva temples are specially illuminated on  that occasion and the deity is worshipped in four different ways, during the four periods of night, each three hours. The image is anointed with milk, curd, butter or honey during the four periods.