Over one lakh devotees visited the Somnath temple in Gir Somnath district on the occasion of Mahashivratri being celebrated on Tuesday.Serpentine queues could be seen outside the temple from 4 am. A ‘palkhi yatra’ (palanquin procession) was taken out in the town, Vijaysinh Chavda, general manager of Shri Somnath Trust said.Devotees took dips in the holy water at the “triveni sangam” (confluence) of three rivers– Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati, located near the temple.Security has been beefed up in and around the temple in view of the rush of the devotees, Chavda said.Click here to witness the live darshanAlso readMaha Shivratri 2018: Amitabh Bachchan to Sridevi, Bollywood bhakts wish fans on TwitterAccording to Hindu mythology, there are several legends attached to this special night. One legend says that this is the day when Lord Shiva performs Taandava, a heavenly dance of creation, preservation, and destruction. Another says, on this day, Lord Shiva drank Halahal, a poison, that took out all the negativity to protect the world. One legend says that this is the day when Shiva and Parvati got married.Whatever be the reason, Shiva devotees celebrate the occasion with fervour.Also readThis Maha Shivratri, know about 12 jyotirlingas and their significanceAs per traditions, lord Sadashiv appeared in the form of “Lingodbhav Moorti” exactly at midnight on Maha Shivratri. That is why all Shiva devotees stay awake throughout the night of Shivratri and do “Shivlingam abhishekham” (prayers) at midnight.Shivratri is considered especially auspicious for women. Married women pray for the well-being of their husbands and sons while unmarried women pray for an ideal husband like Shiva, who is the spouse of Kali, Parvati and Durga. But generally, it is believed that anyone who utters the name of Shiva during Shivratri with pure devotion is freed from all sins. He or she reaches the abode of Shiva and is liberated from the cycle of birth and death.

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Maha Shivratri 2018: Witness live darshan of Lord Shiva at Somnath temple