Lucknow: Devotees on Monday visited temples across Uttar Pradesh and offered puja to Lord Shiva on the pious occasion of Mahashivratri.
According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this day. This year is very special because after 11 years, the festival fell on Monday, Lord Shiva's favourite day.
Hundreds of devotees queued up in the temples with offerings of milk, honey, curd, water, belpatra, lotus, dhatura, flowers, fruits, bhaang and coconut to worship the god, who alone had the courage to swallow and hold the poison that arose from the churning of the ocean in his throat.
In various temples, the symbolic marriage of Shiva and Parvati was performed by the priests. Devotees flocked to the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple (Varanasi) on Sunday midnight to worship Shiva.
The same scene was at Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain where long queues of devotees were found. People also visited the famous Baijnath Dham near Deoghar in Jharkhand to seek blessings of Lord Shiva.