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New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the people on the occasion of Mahashivaratri. Devotees across the country thronged Lord Shiva temples and offered their prayers.

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted in Hindi, saying "Best wishes to all countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivaratri. Celebrated as a sacred remembrance of the marriage of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, this festival should be beneficial for the whole of humanity."

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said: "Greetings on the special occasion of Mahashivratri. Har Har Mahadev!"

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also wished the citizens on the auspicious occasion.

Patnaik tweeted in Odia, saying "My best wishes and best wishes to all on the occasion of the holy Mahashivratri. May the present difficult situation be quickly removed by the grace and blessings of Lord Mahadev, and may the lives of all be filled with happiness and prosperity."

Noted personalities cutting across all quarters of society expressed their hearty greetings to the people on this special day.

Maha Shivratri marks a remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance in life and the world. It is observed by Hindus on the 14th day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon. On this occasion, devotees keep day-long fast and break it only after completion of the ritual in Shiva temples.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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