Devotees celebrate Maha Shivaratri across Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Thousands of devotees made a beeline for Lingaraj temple since morning to offer special prayers to Lord Shiva on Maha Shivaratri on Monday. People in large numbers thronged Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar, Lokanath Temple in Puri, Dhabaleswar Temple in Athagarh, Chandrashekhar Temple at Kapilash in Dhenkanal and Akhandalamani Temple at Aradi in Bhadrak to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva.

Devotees in 2 km-long serpentine queue were seen waiting outside the Lingaraj Temple since early morning to offer special prayers to the Lord. The door of the temple was opened for ‘Sahanmela’ (open darshan) at around 3 am. This year, the Mahadeepa, which marks the end of the puja, has been scheduled to be placed atop the temple at 10 pm.

The temple authorities and Commissionerate Police have made special arrangements in and outside the temple to ensure hassle-free darshan of the deity. Barricades have been put for smooth movement of the devotees. This apart, 30 platoons of police force and CCTV cameras have been installed to keep a tab on the devotees.

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