‘Herath’ celebrated with religious fervor across Jammu and Kashmir

Herath celebrated with religious fervor in Kashmir

SRINAGAR — Maha Shivratri, locally known as ‘Herath,’ is being celebrated with religious zeal and enthusiasm throughout Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

Kashmiri Pandits are observing the occasion by offering prayers at temples and paying homage. The largest congregation is anticipated at the Shankaracharya Temple, which overlooks the iconic Dal Lake in Srinagar.

Special prayers are also scheduled at Ganpatyar and Hanuman Temple in Amira Kadal, Srinagar.

“The festival holds great significance for the Pandits, who commemorate the wedding of Lord Shiva with Parvati by preparing traditional Kashmiri dishes, particularly fish,” remarked a Kashmiri Pandit.

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“Maha Shivratri, known locally as Herath, is celebrated across J&K and holds a special place in the hearts of Kashmiri Pandits,” he added.

Maha Shivaratri, or Herath, is traditionally marked by a night dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva.

During this festival, Pandits distribute walnuts as a symbol of reverence to the Hindu deities, while temples are adorned with vibrant colours and flowers in the days leading up to the celebration.

Meanwhile, R.R Swain, Director General of Police, J&K, extended warm greetings to citizens, police personnel, security forces, and the families of martyrs on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri.

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In his message, the DGP emphasized the profound significance of Maha Shivratri, symbolizing strength, determination, and resilience. He urged citizens to unite with the police force in creating a secure environment for all, emphasizing the values of unity, integrity, and commitment to justice that Maha Shivratri embodies.

The celebration of ‘Herath’ underscores the cultural richness and religious diversity of Jammu and Kashmir.

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