Auspicious Hindu festival Maha Shivratri, which falls on 17 February this year, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is celebrated with religious fervour by devotees.
It is not just celebrated in India but also in other regions including Nepal, where Lord Shiva is worshipped.
Maha Shivratri is said to be the day when Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. Thus, the day is the union of Shiva and Shakti, the two greatest forces of the Universe.
The night of the occasion, unmarried women pray to get a husband like Lord Shiva and devotees also worship the God to achieve success and drive away evil spirits.
On this auspicious festival, several celebrities wished their fans on social media. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, comedian Kapil Sharma, actor Riteish Deshmukh and many other big names greeted their followers through Twitter.
T 1772 -जो अमृत पीते हैं उन्हें देव कहते हैं , और जो विष पीते हैं उन्हें देवों देव "महादेव" कहते हैं .... !!!! pic.twitter.com/1wyyjYhMQj
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 17, 2015
महाशिवरात्रि के पावन पर्व पर आप सभी को ढेरो शुभकामनायें । Greetings on Maha Shivratri.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 17, 2015
आप सभी को महाशिवरात्रि की शुभकामनाएं। — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 17, 2015
— Kapil Sharma (@KapilSharmaK9) February 17, 2015
Today on MahaShivaratri pls don't waste al the milk on gods statues,rather give it to the animals on the street or kids.ur God will bless u — Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) February 17, 2015
May all your wishes be fulfilled by Lord Shiva on this auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri. Om Namah Shivaya
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 17, 2015
Happy shivratri ... — sneha ullal (@snehaulaalheart) February 17, 2015
Happy Shivratri to all and Herath Mubarak to Kashmiri Pandits.:)
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 16, 2015
Herath Mubarak to all!! Happy Shivratri - just had a glorious meal of dum aloo, yakni, paneer and haq ... Yummy! — soha ali khan (@sakpataudi) February 16, 2015
MahaShivratri ki Shubkaamnayien
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 17, 2015
On the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri, I wish everyone a very happy & prosperous festivity.The confluence of Shiva & Shakti may bless us — Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) February 17, 2015
May Lord Shiva shower upon you all his choices blessings on this Maha Shivratri, Om Namah Shivay...
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) February 17, 2015
Herath mubarak! Happy Maha Shivratri to all:) love and peace
— kunal kemmu (@kunalkemmu) February 16, 2015