Maha Shivaratri of the Sawan month is being celebrated on Tuesday with religious fervour. The auspicious day is also known as Masa Shivaratri.
On this day, devotees perform the Maha Rudra-Abhishek puja to receive blessings of peace, prosperity and happiness from Lord Shiva.
It is believed that Shivratri marks the amalgamation of two strong forces in the universe which is Shiva, known as the God of death and a vanquisher of evil with Goddess Shakti.
The auspicious occasion of Sawan Shivaratri is observed mostly among devotees in North Indian states including Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar.