Mahashivaratri means the great night of Shiva. Shiva is divine energy that destroys negativity and breaks ground for a new start. Shiva is the Teacher of Teachers in sanatana dharma.

Therefore, Mahashivaratri is one of the most important spiritual festivals in sanatana dharma.

On this day, within the bounds of possibility, fast is observed, enhanced evening spiritual practice and prayers are performed.