The day of Shivratri is of great importance to Hindus worldwide. Here is a story about the power of the Shivratri. This story is from the Garuda Purana.
A Story On The Importance of Shivratri ~ The Story of Sundarasena
There used to be a king of place named Nishadas named Sundarasena. One day , the king took his dog with him and went to the forest for a hunt but met with no success, as there were no animals that could be found.
Searching for quite some time both master and dog went hungry and thirsty. They did not have any food, nor did they have any water to drink. They unknowingly entered a grove inside the forest and stayed there for some time.
In the grove there happened to be a Bilva tree ( a tree favorite of the Lord Shiva ) and there was a Shiva Linga right under that tree.
Sundarasena was unaware that when he entered the grove for the first time, the Bilva tree shook a little and some leaves fell down on top of the Linga. when an arrow dropped from Sundarasena’s hand. And when he stooped to pick it up, his hand brushed against the Linga. Remember that Sundarasena had fasted because he had neither food nor water.
Sundarasena returned home and passed away at oldage. When Yama’s messengers arrived to take Sundarasena to naraka to make him pay for his sins, Shiva’s companions also arrived and they would not anyhow permit Sundarasena to be taken to naraka by the overlords of karma.
The king had thus prayed to Shiva on Shivaratri day, even if he had done it unaware. Sundarasena and his dog were both then taken to Shiva and lived in his abode happily ever after.
Such are the powers and the great virtues of the Shivratri day pujas and vraatas.
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