Shivaratri is dedicated to worship of Lord Shiva. Anyone worshipping him on this occasion is believed to be released from the cycle of birth and rebirth. This festival has special significance in Kashmir and lasts 15 days. The thirteenth day, known as hterath, is observed as a day of fast following by a family feast. This auspicious festival is observed and celebrated with serene religious fervor in the month of February/ March. Almost whole of India congregate at local Shiva temples and offer milk and water from pious rivers.