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Devotees across the country throng temples to offer prayers on Maha Shivratri

Friday, February 21, 2020, 12:59 PM

Sea of devotees on Friday morning throng temples of Lord Shiva in several parts of the country to offer prayers on the occasion of Maha-Shivratri. Devotees visited Babulnath Temple in Mumbai, Shri Gauri Shankar Temple in Delhi's Chandni Chowk and 'Shivala-Bagh-Bhaiyan' temple in Amritsar to offer prayers. The duo of Shiv and Shakti is considered to be the epitome of love, power, and togetherness.
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Snowfall on Maha Shivratri in J&K: The connection between an Afghan ruler and Lord Shiva

Friday, February 21, 2020, 12:57 PM

In Kashmir Shaivism, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated by the Hindus of Kashmir and is known as Herath. Prayers held on the day after nightlong Maha-Shivaratri are called 'salaam'. According to history, the word 'salaam' got incorporated in Kashmiri Pandits' tradition when Jabbar Khan forced them to celebrate Maha-Shivaratri in July to see whether it would snow if the festival is celebrated in the summer.

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