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Maha Shivratri In Odisha: Devotees Throng Lord Shiva Shrines To Observe Night Of The Divine

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04 March 2019


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Bhubaneswar: Thousands of devotees thronged Shiva temples across the State to offer prayers on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri on Monday. Devotees offer fruits and milk to the Shivaling, a representation of Shiva. Meanwhile, some perform Puja to pray for moksha or salvation and many women pray to be blessed with a good husband. Maha Shivaratri, otherwise known as 'Jagar', is observed in a ritualistic way with much serenity to appease Lord Shiva. The devotional ambience at Lingaraj Temple is spell-binding.

In Puri, Loknath Temple said to have been established in the 11th century observed many footfalls. Pilgrims also gathered in Kapilash Temple in Dhenkanal. Braving all odds, devotees climbed one thousand steps to reach the top and pour water on the linga. Gupteswar Temple in Jeypore, Panchalingeswar Temple in Balasore and Dhabaleswar Temple in Cuttack also observed similar footfalls.

In Bhadrak, Akhandalamani Temple located on the banks of Baitarani river, was engulfed in a serene atmosphere. Devotees also have a gala time at Jagar Mela, a huge fair is organized every year during Mahashivratri. In Bolangir’s Harishankar Temple, devotees appeased Lord Shiva and then went on to offer their prayers to Lord Vishnu in Nrusinghanath Temple that is right in the opposite direction.

Most of the devotees observe Shivratri fast till “mahadeepa” is raised atop Shiva temples at around 10 pm. Adequate security measures have been taken to ensure smooth ‘darshan’ for devotees in the Shiva shrines. The atmosphere rings with powerful chanting of Shiva mantras like Om Namah Shivaay (for eradicating fear), Om Namo Bhagwate Rudraay (to seek Lord Shiva's blessings) and Mahamrityunjay mantra (to increase longevity).

Also Read: Lingaraj Mahadeep To Be Raised At 10 pm

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In Dhenkanal