Mahashivratri was celebrated in the city with a lot of devotion and aplomb. Being one of the most important festivals here, it was celebrated with vigor by the entire city making the atmosphere here fill with divinity and happiness. Mahashivratri can easily be considered the most important day in the Hindu calendar. On the 14th day of the dark half of Magh the great night of Shiva is celebrated. This religious festival celebrates worship of ‘Shiva the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. This night marks the night when he danced the Tandav. On this day the devotees of Shiva observe fast during this day and stay up the whole night at the place of worship. Offerings consist of sandalwood, turmeric, bel leaves, flowers and raw milk. They sing holy songs (Bhajans) in praise of the Lord and holy texts are chanted through out the night. Shivaratri – literally means the night of Lord Shiva. In the temples on that day shivalingam is worshipped. The traditional form of worship starts with the bathing of the lingam with milk. The five things traditionally known as the ‘panchagavya’ are used to bathe the lingam, these are – ‘milk, sour milk, butter, cow’s urine and cow dung’. Shivratri is one of the most important religious festivals of the Hindus as Lord Shiva is considered to be the most powerful God of the Trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Apart from all prayers it was the happiness in the city that derived true significance of the occasion.
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