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Lord Shiva has an uncanny relationship with Bengali women. That too, from their birth!
Irrespective of their socioeconomic background, bengali women have been told that Lord Shiva is the epitome of what a good husband is all about. And, come Shivaratri women, married or unmarried queue up steeped in holy devotion in front Shivmandirs. Honestly, one can say that Lord Shiva is one divine patron of bengali matrimony.
By the way, supposedly Shivaratri is the day when Lord Shiva and Parvati got married. Maybe that’s why any wish related to matrimony for Bengali women are expressed on this occasion. After all, happy Gods on their happy day is more likely to grant wishes!
So, what happens on Shivaratri? The festival of Maha Shivaratri is performed with great devotion and enthusiasm. Bengali women bathe Lord Shiva with the water mixed with milk on this auspicious day. Puja is performed and fruits and flowers are offered. After Puja they return home to break their fast with fruits.
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Coming back to Shivaratri, let us indulge in a little dosage of mythology!
People hold numerous myths regarding the origin of Shivaratri. Most of the stories of Shivratri can be traced to the Puranas. It must be noted that almost all the myths happened during night and this is one of the reason for celebrating Shivaratri during night.
MYTH OF SHIVRATRI BASED ON VISHNU & BRAHMA SEARCHING FOR THE ORIGIN OF LINGA
Lord Vishnu and Brahma wanted to know who was superior and this led to a fight. Lord Shiva intervened and said whoever can find out the origin or end of Shivling is superior. Lord Shiva appeared before them in the form of a huge pillar of fire. Lord Vishnu went down searching and Brahma went up searching. Both traveled and traveled but never met the beginning or end.
After the futile search, Lord Vishnu and Brahma prayed to Shiva and appeared before them in the form of Jyotirlinga and this day of the appearance of Lord Shiva is celebrated as Shivratri.
THE STORY OF SHIVARATRI BASED ON SAMUDRA MANTHAN
This is a famous legend on Shivaratri and happened during the churning of ocean by Devas and Asuras to get ‘Amrit.’ While churning the ocean, highly toxic poison came out and Lord Vishnu asked the devas and asuras to approach Lord Shiva. He agreed immediately to help them and drank the poison. In order the poison to have no effect, Lord Shiva should not sleep. So the devas and asuras kept praying the whole night. Pleased with the devotion Lord Shiva said ‘whoever worships me on this day will get their wishes fulfilled.’
THE STORY OF MAHASHIVRATRI AND THE FALL OF KETAKI FLOWER
This myth is similar to the appearance of the Jyotirlinga legend. Brahma went up searching for the end of the Jyotirlinga and Vishnu went down. Brahma after traveling for a while saw a ketaki flower (screw pine) dangling down. He stopped his search and took the flower and returned to Lord Shiva. Vishnu too came back soon and expressed his inability to find the beginning. But Brahma said he found the ketaki flower atop the Jyotirlinga and ketki supported it. Lord Shiva became furious and cursed ketki flower that it will not be offered in worship.
THE STORY OF SHIVRATRI BASED ON HUNTER UNKNOWINGLY DROPPING BILVA LEAVES ON LINGAM
There once lived a tribal hunter who was a Shiva devotee. One day he lost his way while hunting and was trapped in the forest at night. Soon wild animals started to gather around him and he climbed a Bel or Bilva tree. In order to keep himself awake, he started plucking Bilva leaves and dropped it down repeating ‘Om Namah Shivaya.’ In the morning, he discovered that he had been dropping the leaves on a Shivling. This unwitting all-night worship pleased Shiva, by whose grace the tribal was rewarded with divine bliss.
Thus, Shivaratri is the manifestation of the subconscious bonding between Lord Shiva and millions of his female devotees. Maybe, the concept of yearning for an ideal husband in bengali matrimony strengthens the bond!