FOLLOWING an age-old Hindu tradition that has been practised for hundreds of years, Lautoka resident Shalesh Shankar spent yesterday at the Shivalay Hindu Temple celebrating Mahashivratri.
"We brought offerings to Lord Shiva and prayed for good fortune for my family, our community and for the country," he said. "Lord Shiva is a special god because he is the protector of all people from evil.
"During this time of prayer we refrain from eating meat and focus on how we can live better and together as a people," he said.
Mahashivratri, according to Hindu mythology is Lord Shiva's favourite day. It is observed on the 13th night and 14th day in the Krishna Paksha on the month of Maagh, according to the Hindu calendar.
Hindus believe it marks the day when Lord Shiva performed a dance called the Tandava which led to the creation, conservation and devastation of the universe. Sadhu or holy men in India visit shrines, wear garlands and apply turmeric or holy ash on devotees foreheads to mark the celebration.