Maha Shivaratri celebrated across Kashmir

KPs celebrate occasion at Kheer Bhawani
Srinagar, Mar 08: Devotees across different parts of the valley came together to observe Maha Shivaratri with fervour and devotion, marking the auspicious occasion with rituals and prayers.
On the occasion, the Shankaracharya Temple, a prominent temple in Srinagar city, was adorned with colourful lights and echoed with the chanting of hymns as devotees gathered to pay homage to Lord Shiva.
Amidst the serene ambience of the temple, devotees offered flowers and fruits and asked for a blessing from lord Shiva. The atmosphere resonated with spiritual energy as devotees immersed themselves in prayer.
A devotee expressed joy and gratitude for being able to participate in the sacred festivities. “Maha Shivaratri is a time for introspection and spiritual rejuvenation. Being here at the Shankaracharya Temple fills her heart with peace and tranquillity,” she expressed.
Another devotee, Rakesh Kumar, said, “The auspicious day transcends religious boundaries and brings people together in reverence for Lord Shiva. It is a reminder of the importance of faith and spirituality in our lives.”
Maha Shivratri was also celebrated in many parts of Kashmir Valley.
Meanwhile, amidst a jubilant atmosphere, Maha Shivratri, locally known as ‘Herath’, was celebrated with great enthusiasm at the Kheer Bhawani Temple in the Tulmullah area of Ganderbal district.
Devotees, including Kashmiri Pandits, gathered at the temple to pay homage to Mata Ragniya Devi, fondly known as Mata Kheer Bhawani. The temple premises exuded a festive aura as devotees engaged in special prayers, seeking peace and prosperity for the region.
Sonu, a devotee from Jammu said that he and his family are moved by the atmosphere around them. “It reminds us of our past. I have been coming here since childhood before the exodus. I am seeing the same zeal among people. There is a lot of excitement,” he said.
Another Kashmiri Pandit said they were overwhelmed by the greeting messages received from Muslims at the temples across the valley.
They said authorities had made elaborate arrangements for the pilgrims.
The devotees were seen offering milk, ghee, bel leaves and water to Shivlingam and chanting Vedic mantras for peace and the well-being of humanity.
Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Shyambir, also visited the temple and offered prayers there. He extended his wishes for the well-being of all. KNO

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