Change is a natural phenomenon and humans also yearn for change. We are going through a phase in which most people are seeking a quick change in the world as moral, social and political conditions have become unbearable. Every man wants to change pain into pleasure, turbulence into peace, hate into love and ignorance into knowledge. Every soul longs for a life of purity, peace and happiness. The only one who is capable of fulfilling every soul's wish is the Supreme Soul, whose incarnation is celebrated during Shivratri every year.
If the spiritual secrets behind the festival of Shivratri are u n d e r s t o o d , w o r l d transformation will take place easily. Shivratri is not a festival for just Saivites. If one studies ancient civilizations and cultures it becomes apparent that Shivratri is a festival for all souls in the world. For example, in the Mahabharata it's written –
“When this world plunged into clutches of darkness and vicious proliferation, an egg-like form of light descended and established a new world order. The light uttered a few words and gave divine birth to Prajapita Brahma.”
In the Manusmriti, it is mentioned that in the very beginning of creation, a point of light manifested itself, and its brilliance was like that of a thousand suns. Likewise, in the Dharma Samhita part of Shivpuran, it is stated that at the end of Kaliyug, during the time of destruction, a magnificent light (Jyotirling) revealed itself and it was blindingly luminous and radiant. Further, it is said that the light was eternal and it never decreased or increased in size, and that the world was created through this light.
Not only Hindus, but Jews, Christians and Muslims also believe in an incorporeal God. There are Shiva temples in every nook and corner of India.
He is venerated as Vishwanath in the east (Kashi), Amarnath in the north, Rameshwar in the south, Somnath in the west, Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain, Kedarnath in the Himalayas, Vaidyanath in Bihar, Omkarnath in Madhya Pradesh and Bhuvaneshwar in Dwarka. In Nepal, Shiva is worshipped as Pashupatinath.
The ancient names of God such as 'Shuin' in Babylon, 'Seva' or 'Sevajya' in Syria, Egypt and Fiji, 'Sibru' in the land occupied by the progeny of Abraham and Jehova are not too different from the Sanskrit word 'Shiva', which, according to some scholars, is the confluence of two phonetic parts, 'shi' and 'va', meaning redeemer and liberator from sins and sufferings. From the above, it may be inferred that Supreme Soul Shiva has done something praiseworthy for the betterment of the whole world and hence He is remembered by people of all cultures and religions in different ways.