Devotees are seen making beelines in front of temples of Lord Shiva in several parts of the state to offer prayers on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took to Twitter to send greetings to all the people on Maha Shivratri.
Holding Puja Thalis consisting of essential items like milk, earthen lamps, flowers, incense sticks, prasad, water devotees were seen eagerly waiting for puja aartis to seeking blessings from Mahadev. It is believed that to please the deity, devotees must carry offer jujube fruit along with betel leaves to the ‘Lingam’.
Ahead of Mahashivratri, all the Shiva temples including the historic Sivadol in Sivasagar have been decked up as lakhs of devotees would throng to take the blessings of Lord Shiva. Fresh flowers have been used for decorating the temples.
Special security and parking arrangements are also in place for devotees for Mahashivratri 2020.
It may be mentioned that Maha Shivratri is one of the most auspicious and holy festivals in India. The Hindu festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva also called ‘the Great Night of Shiva’.
There are many folklores associated with Shivratri, the most popular belief is that it marks the day of the celebration of the marriage of Shiva with Devi Parvati on this day.
Maha Shivaratri Date & Time:
Nishita Kaal Puja Time– 12:09 am to 1 am, Feb 22
Maha Shivaratri Parana Time– 6:54 am to 3:25 pm, Feb 22
Chaturdashi Tithi– 5:20pm to 7: 02 pm, Feb 21-22