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Maha Shivaratri celebrations begin at Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain

March 08, 2024 12:07 PM

Ujjain : On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, devotees have been offering prayers at Ujjain's Mahakaleshwar Temple since early Friday morning.


Hundreds of people thronged the temple to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. The priests performed a grand 'Bhasma Aarti' of Mahakal in front of the devotees.


The Mahakaleshwar Temple was adorned with beautiful lighting, welcoming the devotees.

Apart from that, several renowned artists across the nation are showing their devotion to Lord Shiva with their art on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.


Famous sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik created a sand sculpture of Lord Shiva from 500 'Shivalingas' in Puri, Odisha.

While another sand artist named Ajay Gupta in Prayagraj (UP) made a replica of the Kedarnath temple using biscuits.


Gupta, during his interaction with the media, said, "We have made a replica of Kedarnath temple using biscuits...last year we made a Shivling with 1,111 biscuits so after that we had this thought that a temple should also be made."


Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight of the 'Magha' month, as per the Hindu lunar calendar, and marks the night of the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.


Maha Shivaratri marks the convergence of 'Shiva' and 'Shakti' and also celebrates the night when Lord Shiva performed the 'Tandav'--the cosmic dance.


It is believed that on this day, the stars in the Northern Hemisphere are in the most optimum positions to help raise a person's spiritual energy.

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