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Jaipur devotees throng Shiv temples on Sawan Shivratri
Jaipur devotees celebrated Sawan Shivratri yesterday, flocking Shiv temples in the city. A long serpentine queue was seen right from dusk chanting Shiv Mantra 'Om Namah Shivaya' to visit the royal temple atop Motidoogri hillock. The festival is considered most auspicious to honour Lord Shiva in the month of Sawan.

According to the Hindu scriptures, Shivratri is auspicious since on this night Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya - the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction.

Sawan Shivratri is observed during the Hindu holy month of Sawan - month devoted to Lord Shiva. It falls one or two days before New Moon Day or Amavasya. 

Chanting of Shiva Mantras, reciting Aarti, offering water and Bilva leaves to Shivlings and Kanwarias carrying Gangajal to Lord Shiva's shrines are the sacred activities associated with Sawan Shivratri.

The festival is also considered auspicious for those singles who are looking for their soul mates. They observe fast by taking only fruits, nuts and milk on this day. 

On Chaturdashi Tithi, some devotees wear 'rudraksha' for getting favourable results and prosperity in their lives. It is widely believed that chanting some mantras on Sawan Shivratri pleases Lord Shiva. 

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