Greater Noida (west): From Bhajan Mandali to Shiva’s grand marriage procession, highrises came alive to Maha Shivratri on Friday. The occasion was celebrated by one and all with great ardour.
Maha Shivratri, literally translated as the greatest night of Shiva, is one of the most splendidly celebrated festivals across the country. It celebrates the grand marriage of the lord of destruction, the Shiva – with the goddess of fertility, love, and beauty, Parvati, who is also known as Shakti (power).
The mythology goes: on the night of the marriage, Shiva had a very diverse group of acquaintances including Hindu gods, goddesses, animals, and demons, escorting him to the house of the goddess.
And, depicting a similar scene, children of La Residential, a highrise in Greater Noida’s tech-zone 4 area, were seen adorning clothes and makeup, playing companions of the Shiva on a chariot decorated with flowers. Two of the children from the society were also seen dressed up as Shiva and Shakti.
Similarly, the women of Gaur City sixth avenue were seen singing religious hymns in remembrance of the god and goddess, before pooja ceremony. The four-year-old Mahila Kirtan Mandali of the society has been carrying out similar activities each year on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.
Hundreds of devotees visited the Radha-Krishna Temple in Gaur City. Long queues could be seen in front of the temple till 5 am.
Vikas, a resident of Panchsheel Greens 1, said that he used to take Kanwar Yatra to the Haridwar each year for Maha Shivratri. But after an accident last year, he started offering prayer here itself.
Vikas also added that the accident proved no dampener to his spirit as he went for an early morning ‘jal abhishek’ (water-consecration) of the Shiva today undeterred by the long queues.