To please Lord Shiva devotees observe the Maha Shivratri vrat throughout the day without a single drop of water (nirahar vrat). While some observe fast by consuming fruits, milk, tea, coffee and foods that are allowed to eat on fasts. Instead of table salt, devotees are advised to consume rock salt. It is believed that observing fast helps devotees to control two forces – ‘rajas guna’ (quality of passionate activity) and ‘tamas guna’ (quality of ignorance). It is also believed Lord Shiva blesses devotees with prosperity and helps to get rid of sins.
Foods that are allowed to eat of Maha Shivratri:
* Devotees should abstain from eating grains, pulses, and vegetables.
* Devotees can have potatoes or recipes made of potatoes without adding onion, garlic, and spices.
* Devotees can consume thandai, lauki ka halwa, milk, tea and coffee.
* For snacks, try sabudana khichdi, kuttu singhari puri, aloo pakoda, aloo tikki, singhada flour pakoda and sweet potato chaat.