Jammu Tawi, February 13
Mahashivratri was celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety across the Jammu region with thousands of devotees thronging temples to offer prayers to Lord Shiva.
Elaborate security arrangements were made across the region, especially in and around the temples, in the wake of “disturbing inputs” that terrorist outfits might try to create trouble during the festival.
Thousands of devotees thronged the Aap Shamboo temple Roop Nagar from early in the morning to participate in the Shivratri festival and offered special prayers on the occasion. There was huge rush of devotees from early in the morning and it swelled in thousands as the day proceeded.
There were huge queues of people waiting for the darshan in front of temple for a long time and the rush continued late up to the night.
Various social and religious organizations had also organized bhandaras to offer prashad to devotees.
Another grand function was held in Dewan Mandir here where a huge rush of devotees was witnessed from early in the morning.
Amidst chanting of religious slogans, Jhankis of Lord Shiva were taken out by the devotees. The temple was highly decorated and special prayers were held on the occasion. The devotees performed Pooja of Lord by offering holy water, flowers, Bel Patri, milk and other things which are dear to Mahadev.
In the temple a grand bhandara was also organized as usual by the social and religious organizations.
Large number of devotees also thronged the Ranbireshwar Temple, Jammu and Shiv temples at Canal road and Tawi bridge to perform special pooja of Lord Shiva on the occasion of Maha Shivratri today.
On the occasion bhandaras and Prashad was served to devotees. A large number of devotees also thronged the Jamvant Gufa, Peer Khoh in connection with celebration of Maha Shivratri festival on the third day of festival today.
The festival has been organized by Directorate of Tourism Jammu to promote the pilgrimage tourism in the area. Elaborate arrangements were made by the administration for the pilgrims. The ethnic food stalls, fun rides and camel rides are the main attractions of the festival.
Maha Shivratri was celebrated at Tri-Murti Mandir Janipur Colony with religious fervour. Thousands of devotees drawn from different parts of Janipur participated in the function. Maha Kalveshwar Maha Aarti was also organized in the temple.
Even the Maha Shivratri was also celebrated across the Chenab Valley. Thousands of devotees thronged the Shiv temples at Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar districts to worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
All the Shiv temples of Chenab Valley including Pirsthan Shiv temple Bhadarwah, 12 Jyotiling Shiv temple, Parnalla, Shiv temple Lingha, Shiv temple Nagri Doda, Shiv temple Prem Nagar, Shiv temple Thathri, Shiv temple Kishtwar and Shiv cave Baggar situated at Jammu-Doda National Highway were beautifully decorated with the lights and flowers. The devotees had started thronging the temples in the wee hours and serpentine queues were seen outside all the temples and people had to wait for their turn for hours.