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  1. Maha Shivratri 2017: PM Narendra Modi greets nation on Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri 2017: PM Narendra Modi greets nation on Maha Shivratri

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the nation on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 24, 2017 11:18 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the nation on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the nation on the occasion of Maha Shivratri. “Heartfelt greetings and best wishes on the occasion of Maha Shivratri,” PM Modi tweeted this morning. The annual festival marks the mythical wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is considered one of the holiest festival by the Hindu community. Soaked in religious fervour, devotees cutting across ages, from Kashmir to Assam pay obeisance to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be unveiling 112-foot tall statue dedicated to ‘Adiyogi’ (a form of Lord Shiva who according to the Hindu tradition is considered the first of yogis) in Coimbatore on the occasion of Maha Shivratri. The statue has been funded by Isha Foundation, founded by the popular yoga guru Jaggi Vasudev.

Check out PM Modi’s tweet

Notably, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah yesterday had greeted people of Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion of Shivratri and expressed hope that the festival will be celebrated in a spirit of harmony.

They prayed for peace and tranquillity and hoped for a new era of goodwill among all sections of the society, a spokesman of the National Conference said.

In a message, Farooq said the occasion symbolises great composite cultural ethos for which Jammu and Kashmir is known all over.

He said such occasions strengthen bonds of amity, love and secular temperament among all sections of the society.

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He said the festival, observed by Kashmiri Pandits as Herath, has been perhaps one of the festivals across the world facilitated by majority community and observed by the minority brethren from time immemorial in true spirit of Kashmir’s composite and pluralistic ethos.

“Like other festivals, Shivratri symbolises composite culture of Jammu and Kashmir that provides inspiration to others to pursue the path of ultimate truth”, Omar said in his greetings.

Konkan Railway (KR) in coordination with the Central Railway will run special trains from Madgaon, Nagpur and Pune to clear the extra rush of passengers during Mahashivratri which falls on February 24.

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