Maha Shivarathri This festival is particularly awaited by Hindu women. On Maha Shivarathiri, married and unmarried women perform puja with great faith, as Goddess Parvati who is also called 'Gaura', is regarded as the giver of 'suhaag' - good husbands, marital bliss and a long and prosperous married life. One can therefore see find women enthusiastically observing the fast and performing the rituals Shiva Pujas on the day. It is also believed that on Shivarathiri, Lord Shiva became 'Neelakandan' or the blue-throated by swallowing the deadly poison that came up during the churning of "Ksheer Sagar" (Amrit-Manthan) or the milky ocean. The poison was so deadly that even a drop in His stomach, which represents the universe, would have annihilated the entire world. Again On the advice of Lord Vishnu, Gods approached Lord Shiva for help and protection as only he could swallow it without being affected. On the request of gods and out of compassion for living beings, Lord Shiva drank the poison. However, Paarvathi - Lord Shiva's consort pressed his neck so that the poison does not reach his stomach. Hence, He held it in His neck, which turned blue due to the effect of poison. Shivarathiri is therefore also a day of thanksgiving to the Lord for protecting us from annihilation. Maha Shivarathiri is the auspicious festival celebrated by devotess of lord shiva all over the world.This is considered as the special day to worship Lord Maheshwarar and mediate on him to obtain the blessings of Sadashivan. Lord Shiva is known to have given Yoga to humans for their welfare through her first disciple Maa Paarvathi in the start of creation.