the night of the worship of Shiva, occurs on the 14th night of
the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna. It
falls on a moonless February night, when Hindus offer special
prayer to the lord of destruction. Shivaratri (Sanskrit 'ratri'
= night) is the night when he is said to have performed the
Tandava Nritya or the dance of primordial creation, preservation