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In Pics: Maha Shivratri Being Celebrated Across The Country Today

Maha Shivaratri 2020: Maha Shivaratri, one of the biggest festivals in the Hindu calendar, is being celebrated today February 21. There are many legends and folklores associated with Shivaratri. The most popular belief is that Lord Shiva married Devi Parvati, the avatar of Mother Shakti, on this day. Many people observe fast to please Lord Shiva. Others offer jalabhishekam as part of the ritual. Though there are numerous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Hindu mythology holds special significance for 12 Jyotirlingas located across India. According to the Hindu traditions, at Jyotirlinga temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a fiery column of light. Jyoti means radiance and Lingam, the Shiva Lingam- the mark or sign of the God or the phallus symbol. Today, devotees are observing fast and visiting Shiva temples to offer prayers. Pujas are being performed and milk is being offered to the Shivaling. At some temples, cultural programmes too have been organised. Pictures of the people celebrating Maha Shivaratri across the country.

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 21 February 2020, 01:48:46 PM
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Maha Shivaratri 2020: Maha Shivaratri, one of the biggest festivals in the Hindu calendar, is being celebrated today (February 21). There are many legends and folklores associated with Shivaratri. The most popular belief is that Lord Shiva married Devi Parvati, the avatar of Mother Shakti, on this day. Many people observe fast to please Lord Shiva. Others offer ‘jalabhishekam’ as part of the ritual. Though there are numerous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Hindu mythology holds special significance for 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ located across India. According to the Hindu traditions, at Jyotirlinga temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a fiery column of light. ‘Jyoti’ means ‘radiance’ and Lingam, the Shiva Lingam- ‘the mark or sign’ of the God or the phallus symbol. Today, devotees are observing fast and visiting Shiva temples to offer prayers. Pujas are being performed and milk is being offered to the Shivaling. At some temples, cultural programmes too have been organised. Pictures of the people celebrating Maha Shivaratri across the country. 

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Devotees line up to offer prayers at Sri Shankaracharya Ji Temple in Srinagar on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. 

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Devotees line up to offer prayers to Lord Shiva at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

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Prayers offered to Lord Shiva at Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

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Prayers offered at Shivala Bagh Bhaiyan temple in Punjab’s Amritsar on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

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Devotees offer prayers at Shri Gauri Shankar Temple in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

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The 25 feet tall 'shivling' at Brahma Kumaris in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi has been decorated with around 300 kg pigeon peas, a local produce, on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

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