Mahasivarathri is cellebrated in
Kumbam (Feb-March). It commemorates the day on which
Lord Shiva consumed Kalakuda
visham (the deadly poison) to save the world
from destruction. The main celebration of the day
is offering of special poojas and abhishekhams, and
cultural programs in all the Shiva temples. The Sivarathri
festival on the banks of River Periyar at Alwaye,
is one of the most spectacular local festivals of
Kerala, which attracts thousands of pilgrims from
all over the country.
great night of Lord Siva.
The word meaning of Mahasivarathri is `the great
night of Lord Siva. The Mahasivarathri is considered
a very important day for fast and Siva worship.
The history/legends about Mahasivarathri are :-