None of you would have imagined the kind of devotion to Lord Shiva as it happens here in India. It is not an act but a feeling, a feeling which can never be measured. There are so many devotees of Lord Shiva that anyone visiting here can sense it and then start believing in it. Belief has a natural power, a power that can never be denied. Lord Shiva is worshipped by Hindus blindly and in the honor of the Lord, Maha Shivratri is celebrated everywhere. Although, the one commemorating in the Varanasi region of Uttar Pradesh is distinct and hold a lot more worth.
The huge idol of Shiva known as Shivlinga is honored after regular intervals in a day with flowers, honey, milk and curd which is in itself a magnificent scenario.
People keep fast for the entire day, from kids to oldies, everyone eats only sweet dishes made of coconut and other items eligible for fasts. The offerings take place the entire day and night and devotees do it selflessly in his tribute.
All the temples of Lord Shiva are beautifully decorated, and a procession is carried out in the city showing the story of the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Maha Shivratri of Varanasi is easy to visit as the city is one of the most prominent cities of the state of Uttar Pradesh. People can reach here by air, rail or road. There are various railway stations in the city which are connected to almost all major cities of India. Varanasi airport is also very well-connected to the rest of the country.
21 February 2020
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