When Shri Krishna descended in the age of Dvaapar as a curly-haired, rosey-cheeked baby Who possessed as much splendor as the Universe itself, Lord Shiva rushed to Gokul to visit Him. He begged and pleaded repeatedly with Yashoda Maa to have a mere glimpse of the Divine Child, but Yashoda Maa objected each time, reasoning that her precious Babe would become frightened by Lord Shiva’s appearance: his long matted hair, his several cobras, his body adorned with ashes.
Maha Shiv Raatri is a celebration of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati’s wedding. Devi Parvati performed intense tapasya for a long period of time in order to attain Lord Shiva in marriage. Though many attempted to discourage her from her path of devotion onto him, her divine Love remained unshakable. She was fully surrendered to him in mind, soul, and heart; and this is what pleased Lord Shiva. The spiritual path to God is not an easy one, nor is it a fast one.