The festival of Maha Shivaratri was celebrated across the country on Friday.
There is a shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month’s 13th night and 14th day, but once a year in late February or March, or Phalguna and before the arrival of spring there comes a Maha Shivaratri.
It is believed that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this day.
It is observed by fasting, doing Yoga and meditation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the holy occasion.
Taking to Twitter, the prime minister said, ‘Heartfelt greetings and best wishes on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.’
The PM will be unveiling a 112-foot-tall statue dedicated to ‘Adiyogi’ (a form of Lord Shiva who, according to the Hindu tradition, is considered the first of yogis) in Coimbatore.