Bollywood celebrities from Amitabh Bachchan, Raveena Tandon to Akshay Kumar took to social media to wish their fans and family on Maha Shivratri. It is a Hindu festival widely celebrated across the country to worship Lord Shiv. Maha Shivratri means ‘Great Night of Shiva’, celebrates the overcoming of darkness and ignorance. On this day, devotees of Lord Shiva chant prayers, conduct special pooja rituals and observe fast. A fast is observed for the full day and devotees offer prasad to the deity.

On this day, Amitabh Bachchan wrote,” Har Har Mahadev” with a  picture of Lord Shiv. Raveena Tandon wrote, “Maha शिवरात्रि के shubh अवसर पर आप सभी को शुभकामनायें! Jai Mahadev”.

Take a look at the celeb wishes here:

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‪This #MahaShivratri, may Lord Shiva bless you and your family with peace and prosperity🙏🏻 #HarHarMahadev ‬

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मेरा कर्म तू ही जाने क्या बुरा है क्या भला तेरे रास्ते पे मैं तो आँख मूँद के चला तेरे नाम की जोत ने सारा हर लिया तमस मेरा नमो नमो जी शंकरा भोलेनाथ शंकरा जय त्रिलोकनाथ शम्भू हे शिवाय शंकरा | मुझे भरम था जो है मेरा था कभी नहीं मेरा अर्थ क्या निरर्थ क्या जो भी है सभी तेरा तेरे सामने है झुका मेरे सर पे हाथ रख तेरा नमो नमो जी शंकरा भोलेनाथ शंकरा …🔱🙏✊💫

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MahaShivratri is celebrated across India and various parts of the words by Hindus. Some devotees head to Shiva temples or go on pilgrimage to Jyotirlingams, some celebrate it as the day to observe stillness by chanting of shiva mantra “Om Namah Shivaya.

In Southern Karnataka, children indulge in mischief and then ask for punishment (symbolic of Shiva punishing Brahma for lying). Meanwhile, Kashmiri Brahmins celebrate Lord Shiva’s marriage to Parvati by starting the celebrations 3-4 days before to the main festival.