Security was today stepped up at a Hindu temple here in view of the Maha Shivratri festival observed by the minority community in Pakistan.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Sajjad Khan paid a surprise visit to the temple in Jhanda Bazar to review the security arrangements for the festival.

The officer said that “providing protection to worship places of minorities is our prime responsibility”.

A large number of policemen have been deployed in the premises to maintain law and order.

Performing the ritual on the midnight of Shivratri is considered auspicious by the devotees.

Cultural programmes would also be organised in many temples to mark the festival.

Several Hindu pilgrims from India visit Lahore every year to participate in the Maha Shivratri festivities.