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Maha Shivratri celebrated with fervor amid “Bam Bam Bhole” chants

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Maha Shivratri celebrated with fervor amid “Bam Bam Bhole” chants

Jammu, Mar 1 (UNI) Amid chants of ‘Bam Bam Bhole’, Maha Shivratri was celebrated with religious fervor on Tuesday in the Union Territory’s wintry capital. Devotees from different regions since morning swarmed various Shiv temples and paid their respects to mark the Maha Shivratri celebrations with religious fervor and cheerfulness across the region. Devotees thronged the sacred temple of Ranbireshwar and performed the special Pooja of Lord Shiva. Although the rush of worshipers was normal during the wee hours of the morning, it increased as the day progressed. Devotees offered flowers, Bel leaves, milk, curd, etc. at ‘Shilingam’. Famous temples here including ‘Aap Shambu’ at Roop Nagar, Peerkho, Raghunath Temple, Shiv Dham, Shiv Parvati Temple have witnessed an unprecedented rush of devotees. Special arrangements have also been made for night prayers in temples. The traffic jams were also seen on various roads leading to famous temples. Special langars have been organized by religious bodies at the temples while security arrangements have been made for smooth and uneventful celebrations. However, on the eve of Maha Shivratri, devotees of Lord Shiva took out impressive Jhankis, as ‘Shiv Baraat’, and walked through the main streets of the city. The Shiv Baraat was removed after performing religious rituals and pooja in the temple premises by devotees. A large number of devotees from Jammu and outside Jammu and Kashmir also accompanied the Baraat. The devotees were also singing the religious hymn and singing bhajans in praise of Lord Shiva. Attendees followed Covid guidelines and attended the occasion while wearing masks. Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha sent his greetings to the people on the eve of MahaShivratri. In his message, the Lieutenant Governor said that the festival also celebrated as Herath by the Pandits of Kashmir is an auspicious occasion for rededicating ourselves to live a virtuous life. “Shiva is the embodiment of strength, righteousness and moral values. On this occasion, I pray for the happiness, prosperity and well-being of all. May this MahaShivratri strengthen our faith in the goodness of the humanity and inspire everyone to lead a virtuous life,” the Lt. Governor prayed UNI VBH RKM