Maha Shivarathri: President calls for stronger unity

May every lamp lit by Hindus to Lord Shiva on this Maha Shivarathri help dispel the darkness of ignorance and bring the light of stronger unity among all our peoples, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his message for Maha Shivarathri.

Following is the message:

I am pleased to send my good wishes to Hindus in Sri Lanka who observe Maha Shivarathri, the festival in honour of Lord Shiva, which seeks to dispel all evil and enhance good in society.
In the freedom that prevails in Sri Lanka, our common aspiration is for a virtuous society. It is my belief that the many rituals such as night long vigils at temples, fasting and chanting of devotional songs, observed by Hindus at this festival, and their praying for a better society, will help fulfill this aspiration.

Religious values are foremost in removing mistrust among ethnic and religious groups. Therefore, all religions have a great responsibility to instill moral values among people, helping society to be rid of evil.
May every lamp lit by Hindus to Lord Shiva on this Maha Shivarathri help dispel the darkness of ignorance and bring the light of stronger unity among all our peoples.

Source: Government News Portal

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