Jammu, Feb 20: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu Thursday greeted the people of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Maha Shivratri.
In his felicitation message, Lt Governor observed that the celebration of this festival is a valuable part of our glorious cultural heritage symbolizing the values of piety, devotion and brotherhood.
He expressed the hope that the celebrations of this auspicious occasion would further strengthen the communal harmony of J&K and also prayed for tranquility and prosperity in the UT and well being of the people.
Meanwhile, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, K K Sharma has greeted people of Jammu and Kashmir on Mahashivratri, celebrated by Kashmiri Pandits as Hairath.
The Advisor while highlighting the importance of the festival in the cultural ethos of the J&K said that it is celebrated by observing the pluralistic heritage, ethos and bonds of love among various sections of the society.
He further maintained that harmony and mutual brotherhood have been the benchmark of this festival since past.
Extending greetings to the people, especially the Pandit community, the Advisor prayed for peace and prosperity for the people of the Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary B.V.R Subrahmanyam also conveyed his heartiest greetings to people of Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion of Mahashivratri.
In his message, Chief Secretary observed that Mahashivratri, one of the prominent festivals of J&K symbolises movement towards truth, beauty, peace and benevolence. The devotees perform on this night poojas, meditate and chant Vedic mantras to bestow a sense of peace and oneness within and with the world. The devotees observe the festival with worship, fasting, enkindling the spirit of self-introspection, spiritual enlightenment and social harmony, which are the hallmark of the composite culture of J&K.
While extending his warm wishes, Chief Secretary prayed that the festival brings peace, prosperity and happiness for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.