Badal greets people on Mahashivratri

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Chandigarh, Mar 5 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today extended his greetings to the people of Punjab on the eve of Mahashivratri.

In a message, Mr Badal said, ''Lord Shiva is the Lord of mercy and compassion. He protects devotees from evil forces such as lust, greed, anger and grants boons, bestows grace and awakens wisdom in them.'' Mr Badal urged the people to celebrate Mahashivratri with traditional fervour and gaiety saying, such festivals not only promote communal harmony, compassion and goodwill but also bring joy and prosperity.

The Chief Minister also appealed the people to celebrate this auspicious occasion collectively by rising above petty considerations of caste, colour, creed and religion.

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