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Maha Shivaratri, which literally means the ‘The Great Night of Shiva’ is celebrated in the dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha on the 13th day or the 14th night of Phalguna or Maagha month.🌉
Devotees worship and offer sacrifices to Shivalingam as part of their prayers to the god.On this day, devotees fast rigorously and chant shlokas and hymns praising the god to find absolution of sins. They traditionally offer milk, water, bel leaves and fruits to the Shivalingam.🌿
Worshippers begin the day by a dip in the holy river of Ganga. Unmarried women devotees on this day pray to Parvati goddess for a good husband and married women pray for the well-being of their husbands and off-springs. Worshippers carry a pot full of the holy water to offer at the temples. Some also offer cow milk on the Shivalingam. “Shankerji ki Jai” and “Mahadevji ki Jai” are chanted continuously in the temples.
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