Haridwar: Devotees all over the country flocked to Shiva temples to worship Lord Shiva and seek his divine guidance. Devotees observe the special Maha Shivratri fast and throng Shiva temples across the country to offer fruits and milk to the Shivaling, an iconic representation of Shiva.
According to Shaivism, the festival marks the night, when Lord Shiva performed the divine dance of creation, preservation and, destruction. While some perform Puja to pray for moksha (salvation), many women pray to be blessed with a good husband. This year’s Maha Shivratri will also mark the closing day of the mega holy event Ardh Kumbh.
On this auspicious day, devotees will take the last holy dip in the sacred waters considered a confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. From standing in long temple queues to munching on traditional dishes, the festival not only celebrates the divinity of Lord Shiva but also brings families together.