Dropping some major throwback pictures, actor Hrithik Roshan shared a long conversation he had with his maternal grandfather, J. Om Prakash about the meaning and essence of Mahashivratri. “#ThrowbackThursday as I reminisce a conversation with my Nana who I used to call Deda with love. Why do we celebrate Maha Shivratri? a young me asked my Deda, J.Om.Prakash ji.. wondering why each year we would follow a family tradition to visit the beautiful Shiv temple, Deda built decades ago (sic),” he wrote.
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“Explaining the very human significance of the occasion, he explained that our family comes together to celebrate the divine union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parwati Ma. The day is dedicated to CO-EXISTING, with a puja and community meal. All through, self-reflecting with a resolve to create a better world for ourselves and others, each day, every day,” Roshan continued and finally concluded with: “This year, the essence of Maha Shivratri hits me particularly stronger. First time ever, the doors of our temple remain shut as a measure of social distancing. If anything, the responsibility of preservation of life, health and safety takes centre stage. Putting a strong prayer out in the universe asking for inner strength to heal, help and empower. Om Namah Shivaya.”
[Image Credit: Hrithik Roshan]