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JAMMU: Mahashivratri was celebrated with religious fervour 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.Devotees drawn from different areas since morning thronged in various Shiv Temples and paid obeisance to mark Mahashivratri celebrations with religious fervour and gaiety across the region.Devotees thronged the holy Ranbireshwar temple and performed special Pooja of Lord Shiva.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.Meanwhile, special arrangements have also been made for night long prayers in the temples.Special ‘langars’ were also organised by religious bodies at temples while security arrangements were made for smooth and incident-free celebrations.The Kashmiri Pandit community celebrated the occasion as Herath. Festival Mahashivratri locally known as Herath in Kashmir is being celebrated across J&K by Kashmiri Pandit Community with religious fervour.The festival assumes colossal importance among the Kashmiri Pandit Community who celebrate it to mark the wedding of “Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati”.Over one lakh devotees paid their obeisance at the famous Shiv KhoriA grand Shiv Khori fair was also organised by the district administration Reasi, Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board (SSKSB) and Tourism department for Shivratri.
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