Hindus mark Maha Shivratri - Great night of Lord Shiva
March 5, 2019 12:10 pm
Thousands of Hindus around the country are today celebrating Maha Shivratri which literally translates to “great night of Shiva”
The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in the Hindu culture.
Woodapple leaves, cold water and milk are offered to the Shiva Lingam on this day as they are believed to be Lord Shiva’s favorite.
More than a thousand people offered their prayers since 3am today at the Sanatan Shiv Mandir in Samabula, Suva.
The temple priest Vijendra Mishra says there are many mythological legends associated with this day.
He says people often fast on the night of Shivratri and sing hymns and praises in the name of Lord Shiva.
“You can offer your prayers in any way you can. If you don’t have anything than you can just bow your head in front of the Lord and just pray. The Lord understands emotions.”
This festival is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world.