With the chants of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and ‘Har Har Mahadev,’ reverberating across temples in the country, devotees performed the morning rituals of Maha Shivratri on Monday.
Long queues of Shiva lovers were seen at various temples to Him since the break of the dawn. Following the traditional rituals, people were seen offering bael leaves, milk and honey to ‘Shivling,’ an iconic representation of Shiva- one of the deities of Hindu triumvirate.
This year’s Maha Shivratri marks the closing day of the mega holy event Ardh Kumbh Mela. Thousands of pilgrims took the last of the holy dips at Prayagraj’s Sangam- a confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.