Cannabis served as Prasad in Varanasi on Maha Shivratri – Know Why!
New Delhi: The highly revered festival of Maha Shivratri is being celebrated on 1st March this year. This day is basically a celebration of the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati. Devotees reach the temples in large numbers and offer prayers.
Mahashivratri also known as the ‘Great Night of Shiva’ is celebrated in different ways across the country. This festival is also celebrated with enthusiasm and enthusiasm by the Indian diaspora abroad.
Maha Shivratri in Varanasi:
However, it has more importance in Varanasi. The city of Kashi is immersed in the feeling of Maha Shivratri festival, a few days back. During the festival of Shivratri, many temples in Banaras offer ‘Bhang’ to the devotees as Prasad of Baba Vishwanath.
‘Bhang’ is also offered to Lord Shiva. But during Maha Shivratri, the shops keep full stock and also install machines to grind ‘Bhang’ for all those who want to buy it.
Measures are taken to keep it clean and thandai – a famous drink (milk mixed with bhang) is also easily available across the city.
On Maha Shivratri, cannabis is available in Banaras not only in the form of thandai but also in the form of sweets (barfi), ice cream, kulfi, biscuits etc.
According to ancient Indian scriptures, ‘Bhanga’ is also known as Vijaya. It is believed that Bhang, Datura, Tambul Prasad can be offered to Lord Shiva. Therefore, devotees in Banaras consume ‘Bhang’ as Prasad of Bhole Nath.
Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Maha Shivratri!