Maha Shivratri 2020 celebrated around the world

  • Mon,24 Feb 2020 02:29:33 PM
British Asia News By Sushma Lobo
 
 
Maha Shivratri or Padmarajarathri marks a remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance in life and the world. It is a major festival in Hinduism annually celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva also known as 'Padmarajarathri' and 'The Great Night of Shiva'. This year Maha Shivaratri 2020 festival fell on February 21, Friday and was celebrated around the whole world. Worshipper believe that by pleasing Lord Shankara on the Shivaratri day, a person is cleansed of past sins and is blessed with Moksha or salvation.
 
The day also marks the anniversary of the cosmic dance performed by Lord Shiva.
 
British Asia News looked at how not only people all over the UK celebrated Maha Shivratri but Hindus all over the world celebrated. Temples around the UK had children perform dances to mark the day. Hinx Halai was visiting India and joined the celebrations and has sent British Asia News photos from Somnath, Gujarat, where the first Shiv Temple was built. Other photos are from celebrations from France and Marituis. 
 
 
Some fast for the whole day, others chant the the scared mantra "Om Namah Shivaya". Offerings of sweets, fruits, leaves and milk is made to Shiv.
 
Some do yoga or meditate on ethics and virtues such as honesty, non-injury to others, charity, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva. A colour celebration whihc will now take place again next year March 11th 2021.



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