Shivaratri is awesome celebration of union of Shiva and Shakti. Chaturdashi Tithi amid Krishna Paksha in month of Magha is known as Maha Shivaratri as per South Indian calender. However as indicated by North Indian date-book Masik Shivaratri in month of Phalguna is known as Maha Shivaratri. In both date-books it is naming tradition of lunar month which contrasts. However both, North Indians and South Indians, observe Maha Shivaratri on same day.
Vrat Vidhi – One day before Shivaratri Vratam, in all probability on Trayodashi, enthusiasts ought to eat just a single time. On Shivaratri day, in the wake of getting done with morning customs lovers ought to take Sankalp (संकल्प) to watch entire day fast on Shivaratri and to take nourishment following day. During Sankalp devotees pledge for self-determination throughout the fasting period and seek blessing of Lord Shiva to finish the fast without any interference. Hindu fasts are strict and people pledge for self-determination and seek God blessing before starting them to finish them successfully.
On Shivaratri day fans ought to wash up in the prior night doing Shiva Puja or going by sanctuary. Shiva Puja ought to be done amid night and aficionados ought to break the quick following day subsequent to scrubbing down. Fans ought to break the quick amongst dawn and before the end of Chaturdashi Tithi to get most extreme advantage of the Vrat. As per one opposing sentiment fans ought to break the fast just when Chaturdashi Tithi gets over. However, it is trusted that both Shiva Puja and Parana breaking the fast ought to be done inside Chaturdashi Tithi.
Shivaratri puja can be performed one time or four times amid the night. The entire night term can be partitioned into four to get four Prahar (प्रहर) to perform Shiva Puja four times.