Hindus celebrate the festival of Mahashivratri
PUBLISHED: 11:45 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:45 19 February 2015
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Hindus from across the borough have flocked to celebrate the birth and wedding anniversary of the popular deity Lord Shiva.
The festival of Mahashivratri – one of the most significant days in the Hindu calender – was marked on the new moon day in the month of Maagha at the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Ilford, in Cleveland Road, Ilford.
“It is the wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvarti,” said Arun Shastri, the priest of VHP. “Parvarti is the power of Lord Shiva, but Shiva is incomplete without Parvarti.
“It signifies that the male and female are incomplete without each other.”
Hindus fast on the night of Shivratri, sing hymns and praises in the name of the Lord Shiva and offer him water, milk and honey.
The temple is decorated with lights and decorations.
It is believed that the people who fast on this night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva bring good luck into their life.
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