Mahashivratri can easily be considered the most important day in the Hindu calendar. On the 14th day of the dark half of Magh the great night of Shiva is celebrated. This religious festival celebrates worship of 'Shiva the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. This night marks the night when he danced the Tandav. On this day the devotees of Shiva observe fast during this day and stay up the whole night at the place of worship. Offerings consist of sandalwood, turmeric, bel leaves, flowers and raw milk. Shivaratri – literally means the night of Lord Shiva. Apart from all prayers it was the happiness in the city that derived true significance of the occasion. On the occasion of Mahashivratri, hundreds of devotees flocked at the Bhavkaleshwar temple in the city. After 40 years, the Mahashivratri fell on a Monday which is considered as an auspicious day, a day of Lord Shiv Shankar. The reason why there was a huge crowd of visitors. Surrounded by nature, amidst mountains and hills, the Bhavkaleshwar temple is an epitome of beauty and splendor. Many dignitaries graced the occasion.
In Vashi Om Namash Shivay Trust celebrated this occasion at the Shiv temple at sector 1A by way of prayers and offerings. Devotees expressed their feelings on the day. In sector 14, Vashi too celebrations was held in Saumeshwar Shiv temple. On the day, the kalash of temple was installed where Thane Gaurdian Minister Ganesh Naik was present. In Agroli village and CBD Belapur, the Shiv temples also saw similar celebrations. Present was MLC Manda Mhatre to seek the blessings of Lord Shiv Shankar. Several devotees had gathered on the occasion.