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Devotees throng Shiva temples in and around Kukukshetra in Haryana on Maha Shivaratri
Thousands of devotees have reached Kurukshetra in Haryana to celebrate Maha Shivaratri festival in the temples in and around the holy town, informs Nawal Kishore, a Facebook friend.

The worshippers are thronging temples of Sarveshwar Mahadeva at Bramahakund of Kurukshetra, Sthaneshwar Mahadeva of Thanesar and Sangmeshwar Dham at Arunay village.

There is also a tradition of organising fairs around the Shiva temples since villagers while visiting the temples buy goods from the fair stalls that are not available in their villages. Another addition this time is the instillation of CCTV cameras around the temples and fairs to keep an eye on the miscreants.

The Bramhakumaris at Kurukshetra are also organising special prayer and meditation sessions on the occasion. Many ascetics are holding preaching sessions to explain the significance of the festival.

The temple at Arunay has made a tank near the temple and devotees have been asked to put their water and milk in that tank which has been connected to pot above the Shivalinga in the temple so that they get into the temple for only paying homage to the idol.

It is important to know the significance of Lord Shiva in Hinduism on the occasion of the festival. The Upanishads describe Lord Shiva thus: "Fire is His head, the sun and moon His eyes, space His ears, the Vedas His speech, the wind His breath, the universe His heart. From His feet the Earth has originated. Verily, He is the inner self of all beings."

"Listen, O lord of the meeting rivers, things standing shall fall, but the moving ever shall stay," wrote Basavanna in one of his devotional songs dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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