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I would like to know the following:

  1. The right type of food for the fast, so what to eat & when to eat?
  2. The rituals to be performed before & after the fast?
  3. Any precautions to be taken?
  4. Any other additional information if you have related to this fast.

Agni Puran:

The chaturdashi in krishnapaksha that comes between the months of Magha and Falguna is known as Shivaratri. Then one has to fast and stay awake the whole night. Earlier, there used to be an evil hunter named Sundarasena. But because he performed a vrata on Shivaratri, all his sins were forgiven.

In above reference by whole night does it means after the sunset till 12.00 midnight or after 12.00 midnight till sunrise?

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