JAMMU, February 18, 2023 (Daily Excelsior): Long and serpentine queues at temples right from wee hours to late in the evening, stalls offering eatables to devotees and others across the city, heavy public rush, traffic jams and presence of cops at almost every corner remained a common sight in the City of Temples on Saturday as it was Maha Shivratri festival–an annual religious event celebrated by Hindus across the world. Almost all the temples especially those associated with Bhagwan Shiv were beautifully decorated with flowers and colorful lights and vendors selling flowers and other items were present at these religious places in big numbers.

Prominent temples of Shiva in Jammu like Peer Kho, Aap Shambhu temple at Roop Nagar, Ranvireshwar temple, Panjbakhtar Mandir and many more remained a special attraction for the heavy rush of devotees who paid obeisance at these religious places chanting religious slogans of Har Har Mahadev, Bum Bum Bhole etc. Centuries old Shiva temple of Purmandal was specially decorated on this occasion with spectacular arrangement of lights and beautification works using flowers and all the required facilities were put in place to facilitate the visiting devotees. An adequate security arrangement was in place at all the prominent temples and at many other places to prevent any untoward incident on this occasion and cops were seen checking devotees at prominent temples while traffic jams were also witnessed at many places in the city due to heavy rush of the devotees

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