New Delhi, March 11:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Nitin Gadkari, Madhya Pradesh Cheif Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were among the other leaders who greeted people of the nation on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri 2021. The leaders took to Twitter to extend their wishes to the people of the country on this joyous occasion. Mahashivratri is considered to be an auspicious Hindu festival. The unique festival of Maha Shivratri is celebrated across the country. Mahashivratri 2021: Why Is Dhatura Offered to Shivling? Know More Mahashivratri and the Significance of Thornapple for Lord Shiva.

Mahashivratri 2021, which will be celebrated on Thursday, March 11 this year, will be marked keeping in mind the COVID-19 protocols. Devotees of Lord Shiva meditate, chant stotras and fast on Shivratri. President Ram Nath Kovind took to twitter and greeted people of the nation on Mahashivratri 2021. "Celebrated as a sacred remembrance of the marriage of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, may this festival bless the whole of humanity", the President tweeted.

Here's the tweet by President Ram Nath Kovind

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his warm regards and greetings to the people of India on an auspicious day. "Greetings on the special occasion of Mahashivratri. Har Har Mahadev!", he said.

Here's the tweet by PM Narendra Modi

Union Miniter Prakash Javadekar also extended Mahashivratri 2021 greetings to the people of India. "Greetings on The Auspicious Occasion of Maha Shivaratri", he tweeted. Mahashivratri 2021 Date, Puja Vidhi, Vrat & Good Luck Rituals: Know More About Shubh Muhurat, Shankar Mantras & Steps to Follow for Bringing in Prosperity to Your Life During Shiv Puja. 

Here's the tweet by Prakash Javadekar

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister greeted people of the country on Mahashivratri and wished for their happiness, prosperity, joy to people.

Here's the tweet by Shivraj Singh Chouhan:

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also greeted people on Mahashivratri.

Here's the tweet by Nitin Gadkari

In Maharashtra, the state government on Wednesday came out with guidelines for the celebration of the festival. The guidelines said people should not crowd temples and instead offer prayers at home. Moreover, the temple managements should ensure that the premises are disinfected and COVID-19 safety protocol including social distancing and use of masks is followed, the government said.

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