Images: Festive fervour grips devotees, heavy rush in temples on Maha Shivratri

According to Hindu mythology, Maha Shivratri is celebrated due to the alliance of Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati

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Devotees offer prayers near a statue of Lord Shiva in Jabalpur | PTI Photo

Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva, witnessed heavy rush on Friday (February 21) as devotees celebrated Maha Shivratri festival with traditional zeal and religious fervour across the world.

Cutting across age barriers, devotees, including women and children, thronged small and big shrines since early morning to offer prayers and take part in special poojas and rituals on the occasion.

Devotees used to mark the auspicious occasion by observing fast chanting shlokas and mantras. Ardent devotees even remain awake throughout the night and spend their whole day in temples.

Pashupatinath temple in Nepal, Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple in Kerala, Vadakkunnathan temple in Thrissur were among the major shrines which witnessed heavy rush since early morning.

Thousands of visitors, from different parts of Nepal and India, visit the Pashupatinath Temple on the day.

According to Hindu mythology, Maha Shivratri is celebrated due to the alliance of Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati, some others believe this was the day when Shiva presented himself in the form of Jyotirlinga — that neither has a beginning nor an end.

Take a look at the celebrations across India:

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Hindu devotees stand in queues to offer prayer at Lord Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar | PTI Photo
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Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of ‘Maha Shivratri’ in Kolkata | PTI Photo
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Devotees wait to offer prayers at Aap Shambhu Temple in Jammu | PTI Photo
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Hindu devotees pray while taking bath in the Krishna River in Vijayawada | PTI Photo
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A priest along with devotees performs ‘Abhishek’ of Lord Shiva at a temple in Surat | PTI Photo
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Naga sadhus take part in a religious procession in Mirzapur | PTI Photo
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Devotees offer prayers at the hill-top Shankaracharya Temple in Srinagar | PTI Photo
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Hindu devotees offer prayers at a temple of Lord Shiva in Jammu | PTI Photo
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