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Odisha: Lord Lingaraj's 'Maha Deepa' Raised Atop Sanctum Sanctorum On Time


21 February 2020

OMMCOM NEWS


Bhubaneswar: Soaked in religious fervour and festive spirit, lakhs of devotees thronged to Lingaraj Temple on Friday night to celebrate Maha Shivaratri, the day when the Shivling originated, according to popular beliefs.

Lord Lingaraj is the principal deity of the Temple City. Shiva temples across the city and many Shaiva shrines across the State wait for Lingaraj temple's 'Maha Deepa' (the grand earthen lamp) to be raised atop the sanctum sanctorum (Garbhagriha). It is after this, the other temple raise their respective 'Maha Deepas'

This year, the Maha Deepa was raised atop Lingaraj Temple at 9:50 pm, right on the scheduled time. The atmosphere reverberated with chants of 'Omm Namah Shivay', Har Har Mahadev and other shlokas in the glory of Lord Shiva.

The crowd of devotees swelled by late night with many of them sitting in and outside the temple premises performing puja and lighting diyas. Soon after the Maha Deepa ritual was completed, the devotees, who were on a day-long fast, broke their fast.

The City of temples was lighted with diyas all around. In view of congregation of devotees at Lingaraj Temple, the Commissionerate Police and temple administration had made special arrangements to ensure timely conduct of all rituals on the occasion.

Several cultural programmes were lined up for the big night at various temples, including Lingaraj in Bhubaneswar.