Maha Shivratri (Herath) was celebrated with religious fervor by Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
The Kashmiri Pandit devotees went to temples early in the morning to pay their obeisance there. Large number of KP devotees went to Kher bhawani temple at Tulmulla in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
Special mantras were recited at Shankar Aacharya, Hanuman Mandir and Ganpat Yaar temples, which were followed by prayers in the evening.
Muslims exchanged Herath greetings with their Pandit friends in different localities of the valley.
The temples were decorated with different colours and flowers.
“The occasion is celebrated throughout the country in general and has special significance for Kashmiri Pandits,” said Sanjay Tickoo a prominent Kashmiri Pandit.
“In the Valley on 2nd day of the festival, a Salaam or Watak Pooja is performed in every Pandit family”, he said.