The rituals performed by the humans for divinity demonstrate their infinite devotion and desire for well-being of the entire universe and fellow human beings, said President Maithripala Sirisena in his Maha Shivarathri greetings.
He said, “On this blessed day the Hindu devotees wish and expect the tranquility and contentment. Their thoughts and expectations and the rituals performed by them symbolize their wish for coexistence with each other.”
He called out to all “Hindu devotees who celebrate the ‘Maha Shiva Rathri Day’ in its real meaning.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe extending greetings for Maha Shivarathri said Hindus are free to celebrate the Hindu festival in true spirit.
In an official statement the PM said, "Hindus all over the world celebrate Maha Shivarathri Day with deep devotion as the day most preferred by Lord Shiva.
“While engaging in pious observations, they venerate Lord Shiva on this day and believe that it is both auspicious and sacred. They seek to banish darkness and let the light of hope adorn their lives with reverence. It is also an occasion for pious reflection and introspection.
“It takes much to achieve freedom, co-existence and equality in challenging times – especially when various attempts are underway to force the country back to dark times; with certain elements striving to create racial and religious disharmony, let us make this a momentous occasion to overcome such pettiness and work towards a constructive engagement with all.
“I take this opportunity to wish all Hindu devotees in Sri Lanka and the world a happy and a blessed Maha Shivarathri Day."