From fasting to visiting Lord Shiva Temples, these celebrities share their Mahashivratri plans. They also talk about how grand festive sequences in mythological shows are great to know more about such days.
Sharad Malhotra- I am a devotee of Lord Shiva and love to go to Shiv Temple. I fast on that day. I get very positive vibes whenever I go to Shiv Temple. In fact, whenever I am shooting out of Mumbai and I come to know that there is a Shiv Temple around, I go and visit it.
Pragati Mehra- I come from a mixed parentage, my mother is a Kashmiri and they as a community are Shiv Bhakts, so Shivratri is a big festival for them. The whole family fasts and the next day is a massive feast. So, for me, Shivratri was all about the massive sumptuous feast! Festivals and weddings work for TV shows as it's a moment of grandeur!
Rahul Bhatia- I am a true devotee of Lord Shiva. Shiva is called “Mahadev” which means God of Gods. Mahashivratri means the great night of Lord Shiva. It holds a special significance because on this day, there was the union of Lord Shiva and Parvati. We call them “Shivshakti”. It was their sacred wedding night. This day is also considered auspicious for meditation. I also try to keep fast on every Mahashivratri in which a sacred bath is also given to Shiva Linga with honey, milk, water etc. It is also believed that worshipping Lord Shiva with devotion and sincerity on Shivaratri liberates the devotee from the cycle of birth and death and attains moksha. I feel that mythological TV shows help the audience in connecting with their religious selves more. Even I used to follow a mythological show ‘Devon ke Dev Mahadev’ and I found it so mesmerizing. All the characters portrayed their roles so beautifully. These kinds of mythological shows invoke the religious spirit in today’s youth and they are able to connect more with their religion and spirituality.
Mitu- Mahashivratri is the celebration of the union of the biggest kind, where two worlds had come together to mark the big occasion. It's the coming together of Love of the soulmates! Yes, I do feel shows/serial/films help connect with the audience plus also enlighten newer generations about our legacy and make people aware. Also helps us stay in touch with our roots in a huge manner
Hemant Chaddha- Happy Mahashivratri to all. Being a devotee of Mahadev, for me Mahashivratri is an occasion to remember the eternal truth of Shivoham, meaning I am Shiva. I am the truth, benevolence, eternity, beauty. Lord Shiva is the supreme deity of ever-wakeful awareness. Connecting to his energy is essential for our optimal well-being and deepest understanding of life. If we examine our lives, we observe that much of our time is spent asleep or only half aware. In my opinion, religious education is very important for everyone and mythological TV shows or festival events are a great idea to educate the audience with all the religious aspects.
Aditya Deshmukh- I am a devotee of Lord Shiva. It's not only about Lord Shiva, it's about all the gods. The most significant thing about Mahashivratri is that you have to stay awake till 12 and offer the bilipatra leaves. There is a beautiful story behind that. There was a man who was very poor, he was sitting on top of a peepal tree and thinking about his life, career and family. Suddenly he was breaking those leaves and he was actually throwing them down. He didn't realise a Shivling was there right below the tree and the leaves that he was throwing were falling on the Shivling. During Mahashivratri, the more leaves you offer, Shiv Ji becomes happier. Shiv Ji gave him the vardan on Mahashivratri. It is said that on Mahashivratri, he visits to earth. Being a huge follower of all gods, I do feel that mythological TV shows help to connect because you are educating people, especially the children. When they watch all these scenes of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva they learn a lot. I feel Lord Shankar is the most stylish and handsome and has his own swag. He is very strict and just. Fasting on Mahashivratri is really nice as well.