(February - March)
Mahasivarathri means the great night of Siva. It is believed that Lord Siva was born in the form of a lingam on the night of Krishna Chaturdasi
(14th day of the dark fortnight).
Sivaratri, is one of the pre-historic festivals celebrated all over India in the months of February/March. This festival is devoted to Lord Shiva, the destroyer. Sivaratri is celebrated by remaining awake throughout the night, visiting the temple and listening to the Vedic recitals and their meanings.
On this day after bath a lingam is placed in the mandapam. It is then worshipped with bel leaves
(Aegle marmelos maaredu). In the evening the devotees take bath & go to the Siva temple & chant Siva's name continuously, listen to Siva's stories & remain awake the whole night & break their fast the next day.