INDIA, February 18, 2023 (Financial Express): On Saturday, the Maha Shivratri festival was celebrated with traditional zeal and fervor in different parts of India. A large number of devotees thronged Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva to take part in special rituals. Long queues were spotted since early morning. Unlike last year, there were no Covid restrictions this year. As a result, the rush of devotees was comparatively more in many shrines to offer prayers on the auspicious day. During Maha Shivratri, in Hindu families, people observe fasting, dedicate the leaves of the Koovalam plant (which is considered holy as per tradition) to Lord Shiva, and forgo their sleep chanting the “Om Namah Shivaya” mantra to mark the day.

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