Maha Shivaratri Celebrated

For the first time in so many years, Mahadeep of Lord Lingaraj raised to the Top of Temple half an hour before the stipulated time.

While time was set for Mahadeep at 10 PM, it was raised to the Top at 9.30 PM.
Thousands of devotees thronged to Lord Lingaraj Temple along with all other Lord Shiva temples across the State today.
Devotees gathered at the shrines to offer puja on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.
Lord Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar, Shree Lokanath Temple in Puri, Dhabaleswar Temple in Athagarh, Shree Chandrashekhar Temple at Kapilash in Dhenkanal, Panchalingeswar in Balasore, Ladukeshwar in Nayagarh, Gupteshwar in Koraput and Baba Akhandalamani Temple at Aradi in Bhadrak received huge number of devotees

Since early morning, devotees thronged Lord Shiva shrines to offer prayers.
These temples were bedecked for the celebrations.
Devout Hindus observed fast on the day till “Mahadeepa was raised atop the Shiva temples in their respective areas.

The devotees offered wood apple leaves, flowers and fruits to the Lord and chanted mantras in His praise.

Security measures were beefed up in these shrines including Lord Lingaraj temple, where Police Commssioner Satyajit Mohanty personally supervised the arrangements.
Due to organized Darshan large number of devotees could have smooth darshan of Lord.

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