‘A day that should be celebrated with devotion’
Maha Shiva Rathri is a festival that should be celebrated with
devotion, sans religious affiliations, by all Sri Lankans, Prime
Minister D M Jayaratne said.
The Prime Minister in a message to mark Maha Shiva Rathri celebrated
by Hindus today, said Maha Shiva Rathri is the day when Hindus around
the world worship deities for the fulfillment of wishes for their
The message: “A close study of Hindu legends and Maha Shiva Rathri
poojas reveal that God Siva grants redress to everybody who seeks solace
irrespective of his or her religion. “More important are self -
confidence and pure consciousness of that particular devotee.
“Maha Shivaratri could be interpreted as the day that wishes and
resolutions of all Sri Lankans bear fruit within a just and righteous
society which is created with the leadership and guidance of President
“Though it did not draw much of attention, I wish to state that the
marriage between a War Hero from the South and a displaced young woman
from the North was a proof of the grace of God Siva on each one of us.
On Maha Shivaratri, it is only for such harmonious bonds between our
ethnic groups that we should seek blessings from God Siva.
“I wish all Hindu devotees and all other Sri Lankans every success in
their endeavors with the grace of God Siva.”