Amid ‘Bam Bam Bhole’ chants, Maha Shivratri celebrated with fervour in Jammu

Jammu, Feb 13: Amid chants of ‘Bam Bam Bhole’, Maha Shivratri was celebrated on Tuesday with religious fervor in this winter capital of the state.
Devotees drawn from different areas since morning thronged various Shiv Temples and paid obeisance to mark Maha Shivratri celebrations with religious fervour and gaiety across the region.
Devotees thronged the holy Ranbireshwar temple and performed special Pooja of Lord Shiva.
Though rush of devotees was normal during the wee hours but swelled as the day progressed.
The devotees offered flowers, Bel leaves, milk, curd, etc to the ‘Shivlingam’.
Famous temples here including ‘Aap Shambu’ at Roop Nagar, Peerkho, Raghunath Temple, Shiv Dham, Shiv Parvati Temple, witnessed unprecedented rush of devotees.
The devotees for hours stood in long queues to offer prayers at the temples.
Meanwhile, special arrangements have also been made for night long prayers in the temples.
The traffic jams were also witnessed on various roads leading to famous temples.
Special ‘langars’ were also organised by religious bodies at temples while security arrangements were made for smooth and incident free celebrations.
However, on the eve of Maha Shivratri, the devotees of Lord Shiva took out impressive Jhankis, as ‘Shiv Baraat’, on Monday which started from Ranbireshwar temple and passed through the main streets of city.
The Shiv Baraat was taken out after performing religious rituals and pooja in the temple premises by devotees.
A large number of devotees from Jammu and outside the State accompanied the Baraat.
The people enroute greeted the Shiv Baraat by showering flowers on it.
The devotees were also chanting the religious hymens and singing bhajans in praise of Lord Shiva.
The people also offered soft drinks, juice , fruit and sweets to baraatis enroute. The bazaars were also fully decorated befitting the occasion.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti have greeted the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, which is celebrated by Kashmiri Pandits as Hairath.
In his message the Governor has observed that this festival symbolises the values of piety, devotion, brotherhood and harmony, which are the hallmarks of our glorious cultural ethos.
Wishing the people a happy Mahashivratri and Hairath, the Governor has prayed for peace, progress and prosperity in the State.
Meanwhile Mufti in her message hoped that the day ushers the State into a new era of peace, progress and development and strengthens bonds of brotherhood among the people.
She said the festival of Mahashivratri has both religious and cultural importance as the day is celebrated by the people of all shades in the State.
She recalled that the day is celebrated in Kashmir Valley as Hairath by Kashmiri Pandits in amity with their Muslim brethren.