SRINAGAR: Mahashivratri is being observed with religious fervour across the state on Thursday. The festival is being celebrated as Hearath by the Kashmiri Pandits.
The festival is being celebrated in honour of lord Shiva. Shivaratri falls on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun. Shivratri devotees observe day and night fast and perform ritual worship of Shiva Lingam to appease Shiva.
The festival symbolizes the values of piety, devotion, brotherhood and harmony.
Governor, N N Vohra, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and ministers and other leaders have extended greetings to the people on the occasion.
In his felicitation message, Omar said that J&K has a rich tradition of celebrating festivals with amity, brotherhood and harmony. He said Hearath also symbolizes traditional bonds of love between Hindus and Muslims.
Former Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayed and Peoples Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti have also greeted the people on the eve of Mahashivratri.