Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday extended his heartfelt greeting to the people of Odisha on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivaratri.
Wishing the people a happy Maha Shivaratri, Patnaik prayed for peace, progress, and prosperity in the State.
He also stated that the picturesque image and decoration of the Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar has created a spiritual environment.
Naveen Patnaik tweeted in odia, “ମହାପ୍ରଭୁ ଶ୍ରୀ ଲିଙ୍ଗରାଜଙ୍କ ମନ୍ଦିରର ଏହି ଶୋଭାବର୍ଦ୍ଧନକାରୀ ଦୃଶ୍ୟ ବେଶ ମନୋରମ। ପବିତ୍ର ମହାଶିବରାତ୍ରୀରେ ଏକ ଭବ୍ୟ ତଥା ଆଦ୍ଧାତ୍ମିକ ପରିବେଶ ସୃଷ୍ଟି ହୋଇଛି। ଏହି ଅବସରରେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ହାର୍ଦ୍ଦିକ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା ଓ ଶୁଭକାମନା।#Mahashivratri”.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished all countrymen on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.
Prime Minister Modi prayed for peace, progress, and prosperity.
Modi tweeted, “आप सभी को महाशिवरात्रि की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। बाबा भोलेनाथ के आशीर्वाद से सभी देशवासियों के जीवन में सुख, शांति, समृद्धि और सौभाग्य आए। ऊँ नम: शिवाय!”.
Similarly, Kovind tweeted, “Greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens on Mahashivaratri. May the blessings of Lord Shiva bring peace, happiness and prosperity to everyone’s life.”
Maha Shivaratri is a major festival in Hinduism annually observed in honour of Lord Shiva.
The festival of ‘Maha Shivratri’ which literally translates to ‘the greatest night of Shiva’ is one of the most splendidly celebrated festivals across the country.
On this day devotees worship Lord Shiva, observe a strict fast and do various religious activities to please Lord Shiva. Devotees further believe that by pleasing Lord Shankara on the auspicious Shivaratri day, a person is absolved of past sins and is blessed with Moksha or salvation.
Sea of devotees on Friday morning throng temples of Lord Shiva in several parts of the country. 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 25 feet tall ‘shivling’ at Brahma Kumaris in Kalaburagi, has been decorated with around 300 kg pigeon peas, local produce, on the occasion in Karnataka.