Chandigarh, Mar 5: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today extended his warm greetings to the people of Punjab on the eve of sacred occasion of Mahashivratri.
In a message, Mr Badal said, "Lord Shiva is the Lord of mercy and compassion. Lord Shiva protects devotees from evil forces such as lust, greed, anger and grants boons, bestows grace and awakens wisdom in his devotees." Mr Badal urged the people to celebrate Mahashivratri with traditional fervour and gaiety, as such festivals not only promote communal harmony, compassion and goodwill but also bring joy and prosperity. Mr Badal also appealed the people to celebrate this auspicious occasion collectively by rising above the petty considerations of caste, colour, creed and religion.