The festival is believed to celebrate the wedding of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. Devotees stay awake all night, singing hymns and prayers, to seek Lord Shiva's blessings. Here's what the celebrities of tinsel town tweeted:

Lata Mangeshkar: Maha Shivratri ke is pavan parva ki aap sab ko mangal kaamanaayein.(I would like to extend my good wishes to all on this auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri).

Amitabh Bachchan: Jo amrit peete hain unhe dev kehte hain, aur jo vish peete hain unhe devon ke dev mahadev kehte hain...!!! (The one who drinks elixir is called lord and he who drinks poison is called god of all gods).

Hema Malini: May today's Mahashivratri bring blessings & fulfilment to u all! God blesssMadhuri Dixit: Happy MahaShivratri to all!

Madhur Bhandarkar: May Lord Shiva shower upon you all his choicest blessings on this Maha Shivratri, Om Namah Shivay..

Esha Gupta: Today on MahaShivaratri pls don't waste al the milk on gods statues,rather give it to the animals on the street or kids. ur God will bless u

Kapil Sharma: Happy MahaShivraatri Mohit Chauhan: Happy Shivratri!! may Lord Shiva bless us all with his divine light, and grant us peace, love and harmony. Bhum Bholenath!!...

Mika Singh: Happy shivratri. Jai Bhole Nath...Salim Merchant: Wish you all a blessed MAHASHIVRATRI.

Raveena Tandon: Aap Sab ko MahaShivratri Ki Hardik shubhkaamnaye !! Today also happens to be my dads 80 th birthday!! So truly a special day for me

#MahaShivratri ... Jai bholenath .. Har har mahadev .. Aum namashivaya

Esha Deol: Shiv blessShekhar Kapur: The Lord of Darkness. Lord of Nothingness. Lord of emptiness. Lord of the Tandav. Lord of the Birth n Death of the Universe #MahaShivratri

Soha Ali Khan: Herath Mubarak to all!! Happy Shivratri - just had a glorious meal of dum aloo, yakni, paneer and haq ... Yummy!

Sidharth Shukla: What is Bhaang called in English.....Shiva's Regal !!!  Jai Bholenath ...Happy #Mahashivratri ;-)

Shruti Haasan:
Happy mahashivratri to everyone !!!!!Randeep Hooda: Om namah Shivai...



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