Shivratri 2018: Date, Celebration and Significance. Maha Shivratri is the most auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva and is popularly known as the night of Siva. Shivratri 2018 date is February 13, Tuesday. Some panchangs in India have marked it on February 14, 2018.
In Panchangs and Hindu calendars followed in Mauritius, United States, United Kingdom (Britain) and Canada, Shivaratri is marked on February 13. It is marked on February 14 in Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.
This holy night of Shiva is observed on the night before ‘amavasya’ in the Hindu month of Phalgun (February – March) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. The corresponding period in other regions is the night before Magh Amavasya.
Shivratri 2018 Date Puja Tithi and Timings
The best time to perform puja is from 12:10 AM to 1:00 AM on Feb 14 early hours midnight.
Nishita Kala is chosen to perform pujas and rituals on Shivratri.
All pujas and rituals are completed before Amavasya (No moon) starts.
Nishita Kala Puja time is 12:10 AM to 1:00 AM on February 14 (just after midnight on Feb 13 and early hours of Feb 14)
Chaturdasi tithi in North, South and Eastern parts of India is from 10:15 PM on Feb 13 to 12:06 AM on Feb 15.
Chaturdasi tithi in Western parts of India is from 10:35 PM on Feb 13 to 12:46 AM on Feb 15.
It must be noted here that Shivratri is observed during Phalgun month in North India. The corresponding month in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is Magh Month.