Lord Shiva is one of the three main Gods of the Hindu Trinity. He is said to be the Hindu God of destruction. It is believed that he abodes in high mountains of Kailash in Himalayas. He is also said to be the savior of the world as he drank the entire 'poison' coming out of the Samudra Mathan (sea churning) done by the gods and the demons. The grand festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated in order to commemorate his kindness towards his devotees. It is believed that those who worship Shiva with full devotion on this occasion assure their prosperity and happiness for rest of their lives.
Celebrated on the fourteenth day of the waning moon in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu calendar, it falls in the month of August according to the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated with lots of zest and vigor by the Shiva devotees who also observe a whole day- whole night fast on this occasion. Also, on this day the devotees of Lord Shiva bath his lingam (an idol in phallic form) in panchamrit (a mixture of honey, milk, cur, sugar and ghee) and offer him belpatra (leaves of wood apple). The devotees of Shiva also exchange gifts amongst themselves as a sign of auspiciousness and good luck. If you also want to gift your relative or your dear one, something on this occasion, here are few things you can go for.
Maha Shivratri Gift Ideas
Natraj Idol is one of the best gifts that one can gift to someone on the occasion of Mahashivratri. The beautiful idol of Natraj (a form of Lord Shiva) is not only cherished by the artists but also equally regarded by any Shiva devotee.
What better can you think of gifting someone other than a Shivlingam itself on the occasion of Mahashivratri? You can buy a beautiful white marble Shivlingam and gift it to any Shiva devotee along with a Shiva chalisa.
A calendar or poster of Lord Shiva is also an economic yet wonderful gift for any Shiva devotee on the occasion of Mahashivratri. It is the easiest available yet nice gift that would be cherished by a Shiva devotee.
Dry Fruit Box
Dry Fruit is the best gift for any festive occasion. As most of the devotees are on fast on this occasion, they preferably consume dry fruits and milk. So, a dry fruit box would be a very useful gift on the occasion of Mahashivratri
If you are planning to gift your elderly parent a surprising and wonderful Mahashivratri gifts, what could be better than a spiritual tour to Kailashnath, Badrinath or Amarnath. All you need to do is simply arrange a ticket for the next visiting season.