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Hindus celebrate Maha Shivratri in Pakistan safely

Karachi: The historic Shree Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple in Clifton became the ideal spot for celebrating Shivratri due to its location near the beach.

On this occasion women prepare a pooja thali for themselves with flowers, coconut, rice, incense sticks and a diya, celebrating Lord Shiva’s marriage to Parvati Devi.

Dressed in beautiful sarees and adorned with jewellery, women observe fast praying for a happy married life with their husbands while the ones still unmarried hope for a handsome and caring life partner.

“The men fast, too,” said temple Maharaj Ravi Ramesh, “because the fast is mandatory on all of us.”
“I have been fasting for so many years. I’m tired, quite frankly. It’s her turn to fast now,” she laughed, gesturing to her daughter.