Bhubaneswar, Feb 9
Puri Sankaracharya today confirmed that Maha Shivaratri this year falls on February 14 and not February 13.
He cleared the confusion over the date of Maha Shivaratri celebrations as the devotees of Lord Shiva have been in a dilemma over it following mentions in different almanacs. Devotees were in a confused state following difference of opinion among astrologers. While the Kohinoor press calendar has mentioned February 14 as Maha Shivaratri, some other experts in the field of astrology claimed that the Kohinoor Press almanac is not correct and said the muhurat starts on February 13 night and extends till next night, which has raised diverse views and confusion. They even pointed out that Shiva shrines across India are celebrating the festival on February 13. The State government has already declared a holiday on February 14th for Maha Shivaratri.