Maha Shivratri was celebrated across the country and abroad with great devotional fervor on Monday.Large queues of devotees were witnessed outside Shiva Temples since morning to perform abishek to Lord Shiva.
In Madhya Pradesh, the religious processions are being taken out across the state on this occasion.
In Uttar Pradesh, People in large numbers are reaching Shiva temples in different parts of the state since morning.
In Ayodhya, huge rush of devotees assembled at Nageshwarnath temple to offer their prayers after taking holy dip in Saryu river.
At Sangam in Allahabad, thousands of people took holy dip at the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna and offered holy waters at various Shiva temples.
In Assam, thousands of devotees are thronging the historic Shiv Doul temple at Sibsagar in upper Assam.
Lots of devotees are also making bee-lines at Umananda temple located in the midst of the river Brahmaputra, Sukleswar Ghat and Lankeswar Temple at Guwahati apart from Maha Bhairab Mandir at Tezpur, Kedarnath temple at Hajo and Burhi Gosani temple at Jorhat.
In Sikkim, thousands of devotees are thronging the famous Siddheshwar Dham Shiva temple complex at Solophok near South district headquarters, Namchi.
In Nepal, thousand of devotees are worshipping at the world famous Pashupatinath temple located at the banks of the Bagmati river in Kathmandu.
In Jammu, the festival of Mahashivratri is being celebrated today with religious fervour.Tight security has been put in place across Jammu division to ensure smooth and incident-free celebrations.
Additional policemen and para-military troops have been deployed at all famous temples of Lord Shiva.
Right from the morning, devotees in large numbers are thronging all temples, especially, Shivalayas including Aap Shambhu, Raghunath Temple, Peerkho, Shiv-Parvati Temple, Shiv Dham in Jammu and Shiv Khori Cave Shrine situated in Reasi district.
In Reasi district, over two lakh devotees have paid obeisance during the first two days of the world famous three day Shiv Khori Mela which began at Ransoo on Sunday.
Reports of Shivratri celebrations are also being received from other districts of the Jammu region.
In Jharkhand, Shivratri is being celebrated all over state with religious fervour. Large number of devotees are visiting the various Shiva temples to offer prayers.In Deoghar’s Baba Baijmathdham temple, special 12- hours puja is performed. Shivratri festivity is also seen at other important places of the state.