Dear Divine Souls, February 27th is Maha Shivarathri. There are many legends surrounding Maha Shivarathiri. But one explains why some worship Shiva throughout the night on Shivarathri. Folklore says that there was once a tribal man who was great devotee of Shiva.  One day he went deep into the forest to collect firewood. However, he lost his way and could not return home before nightfall. As darkness fell, he heard the threatening growls of wild animals. Terrified, he climbed into the nearest tree for shelter until daybreak. He was afraid he would doze off and fall out of the tree. To stay awake, he decided to pluck one leaf at a time from the tree and drop it, while chanting the name of Shiva. He continued this throughout the night. At dawn, he realized that he had dropped over a thousand leaves onto a Lingam.  During the night he did not see the Lingam at the base of the tree, nor did he know that it was a wood apple or vilva tree. This unwitting all-night worship pleased Lord Shiva so much that Shiva rewarded the man with divine bliss.