Lahore, Feb 21: Hindus in Pakistan's most populous province of Punjab were joined by Indian pilgrims in celebrating Mahashivratri, with special prayers and functions being arranged at temples in Lahore and other places.
One of the largest ceremonies was held at Katas Raj temple in Chakwal district, where hundreds of Hindus, including some 50 Indian pilgrims, joined the festivities. Police put in place special measures for the security of pilgrims at the revered shrine.
In Lahore and other major cities of Punjab, Hindus thronged temples to worship Shiva and candlelight vigils were organised at some places. In Lahore, most Hindus visited the Krishna Mandir. The Hindus offered special prayers for the prosperity and progress of Pakistan.
According to the Evacuee Trust Property Board, which looks after temples and gurdwaras across Pakistan, free transport and accommodation was provided to the Indian pilgrims. Officials said Indian pilgrims visited Katas Raj after a gap of about six years. The Indians took a dip in the holy pond within the Katas Raj complex.
They stayed at Katas Raj last night before returning to Lahore. Mahashivratri, the night of worshipping Shiva, is observed on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna.