According to Hindu mythology, Shivaratri symbolizes the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. On the day of Shivratri or Mahashivratri devotees offers and bael leaves to the Lingam. Bael leaves are considered very sacred and it is said that Goddess Lakshmi resides in them. This festival mainly celebrated at night.
In Varanasi and Baidhyanathdham (Deogarh), one of the twelve jyotirlinga of lord Shiva, devotees worship throughout the night at all the Shiva temples. Kashi Vishwanath temple in the Varanasi city is decorated. A huge procession, dedicated to Lord Shiva, follows. The Deoghar town witnesses huge flow of pilgrims on the ancient Baba Baidhyanath temple. Mahashivaratri is a major festival in Deoghar
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