SRINAGAR: Mahashivratri an auspicious and important festival of Hindus which is also known as Hearath in local parlance, was Thursday celebrated across Valley with religious fervor and devotion.
According to Hindu mythology, Mahashivratri is lord Shiva’s favourite day. Devotees on this day remain on fast or perform hour long spiritual meditation by following rituals to commemorate Mahashivratri and be blessed with grace
Fervent devotees tolled bells in temples across Kashmir to mark with enthusiasm the crown of festivals for Kashmiri Pandits. The devotees visited temples to offer cold water, milk and bael leaves on the Lingam, a symbol for the worship of Shiva, after properly cleaning it. Many sadhus on Maha Shivratri visited shrines and offered marijuana to worshipers to spread the significance of the festival.
Hundreds of devotees visited Khir Bhawani temple at Tulmulla in district Ganderbal. The temple authorities at Shankar Acharaya, Ganpatyar and Hanuman Mandir at Amira Kadal held special Pooja throughout the day followed by celebrations in the evening.
Muslims were seen greeting their Pandit friends and neighbors.
The day has an importance for Hindus in general and for Kashmiri Pandits in particular with the festival being observed with special reverence here.