Pandits celebrate Maha Shivratri with fervor

Srinagar, Mar 3: The Kashmiri Pandits on Sunday celebrated Maha Shivratri, locally known as Herath, with great fervor. Muslim across the conflict ravaged Valley helped their Pandit brethren to decorate the temples at various places and joined the celebrations, reviving the age old mutual brotherhood and Kashmiriyat.
The festival holds an important place among Kashmiri Pandits who celebrate it to mark the wedding of Shiva and Parvati.
The biggest gathering took place at Shankaracharya Temple overlooking Dal Lake.
Hundreds of devotees also thronged to Khir Bhawani temple at Tullamulla in central Kashmir’s district Ganderbal.
In south Kashmir’s Mattan area of Anantnag, the Shivratri was celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety with Pandits young and old prayed for peace and prosperity for Kashmir.
An age old Kashmiri Paandit Baskar Nath, who lives in Anantnag said, Shivratri sends out a message of peace. “Today we pray to god that this tamasha of bloodshed should end. We should live in unity (ral Milkey) the way we used to before this cycle of bloodshed.”.
He hoped that they pray to their lord that this Kashmir, “commonly known as “Pir Waer and Resh Waer”, restored that lost brotherhood and bring that lost peace and mohabbat between two communities.
“We are one from God’s home… we want to send the message of unity. We are thankful to our administration and our Muslims brethren for being with them,” said Baskar Nath. (KNS)