Politicians, officials extend warm wishes on Maha Shivratri

Politicians, officials extend warm wishes on Maha Shivratri

SRINAGAR — Leaders across political spectrums extended warm greetings on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, celebrated as ‘Herath’ by Kashmiri Pandits, emphasizing the festival’s significance in fostering harmony and unity among communities.

Awami National Conference (ANC) President Khalida Shah and Senior Vice President Mr Muzzafar Shah conveyed their heartfelt greetings to Kashmiri Pandits, recognizing Maha Shivratri’s religious and cultural importance.

Former Chief Minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti, greeted people on the auspicious occasion, recognizing the festival’s values of devotion, brotherhood, and harmony. She echoed sentiments of unity and prayed for peace and prosperity.

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In a statement, ANC also stated, “Maha Shivratri, which our Pandit brethren celebrate as Herath, is one of the auspicious festivals. It has both religious and cultural significance, keeping our composite culture alive.” They wished for a prosperous celebration, hoping the festival would bring happiness and prosperity to all.

Similarly, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Srinagar, Dr Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat, extended greetings, highlighting the festival’s representation of devotion, brotherhood, and harmony. He emphasized its role in teaching unity among diverse communities, praying for peace and prosperity.

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Director General of Police, J&K, R.R Swain, acknowledged Maha Shivratri’s profound significance, symbolizing strength and resilience. He paid tribute to police personnel and martyrs, urging citizens to join hands in fostering a secure environment, emphasizing values of unity and justice.

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