Shivratri in Kashmir is celebrated by healing wounds between Hindus and Muslims, years after dealing with political violence in the region.
“Muslims are not only donating money for temple construction, they are also actively involved in ensuring that it should come up soon,” Rajkishore Raut, president of the Shiva Temple Construction Committee.
Shivrati marks the darkest night of the year where God is worshiped in the form of Shiva the Destroyer. Many Hindus fast through out the night, chant mantras and the holy names of God, sing devotional songs, and bathe and make offerings to Shivalingam.
Often a point of contention in religious debates, the idea of God manifesting in various forms is greatly misunderstood. There are some who believe that Hindus worship “330 million different gods” with Hindu verses taken out of context and misconstrued.