Maha Shivaraatri was the day when Lord Shiva
drank poison to save the world. It is the night
when Shiva performs Tandava dance. North
Indians celebrate the day as the wedding
anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
According to Linga Purana, the oval shaped stone
is the symbol of universe and the bottom base
represents the Supreme Power that holds the
entire universe in it. According to Skanda
Purana,”The endless sky is the Linga, the Earth
is it’s base.”
Features of Shiva include the snake Vasuki
around His neck, the third eye on His forehead,
an adjourning crescent moon and Ganga flowing
from His hair.He carries a trishula and a damaru
in His hands which act as a weapon and musical
instrument respectively. Lord Shiva is known by
many names like Mahadeva, Mahayogi ,Pashupati,
Nataraaja, Bhairava, Vishvanath and Bholenath.
He is worshipped in the form of a Lingam which
represents both Shiva and Shakti.