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Lakhs of devotee throng to temple on Shivratri
By Our correspondent  Published on: 17-Feb-2015 06:24:31
Place: Bhubaneswar
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 Bhubaneswar: Thousands of devotees Tuesday fasted and thronged to temples dedicated to Hindu god Shiva across Orissa on the occasion of Shivratri. Thousands in number throng to Lord Lingaraj Temple here.

Lakhs of devotee throng to temple on Shivratri

A large number of people also visited Ram Mandir, Kashibiswanath Temple and offered prayer.

As per the Hindu calendar, Shivratri is celebrated a day or two before the new moon in the month of Phalgun (February-March). According to Hindu mythology, Shiva, one of the holy trinity along with Vishnu and Brahma, married Parvati on this day.

Devotees keep daylong fasts and offer prayers at Shiva temples. Hymns in praise of Shiva are chanted throughout the night. Many unmarried girls fast and pray on this occasion in the belief that it helps them get good husbands.

Meanwhile, security was tightened at the 11th century Lingaraj temple here as about 50,000 people visited the shrine. "We have deployed 15 platoons of security forces for better coordination during the festival," police sources said.

Thousands in number witness the Mahadweepa at night.

Lingaraj Temple sources said "Sahanana mela started at 4 am and continued till 11 am followed by the Lord took bath at 12 pm while arati was offered at 6 pm and in the night, the Mahadweepa will be lifted and placed top of the Temple for dharsan of the general public.

More than 10,000 people visited the Loknath temple in Puri, sources said. A large number of people are said to have offered prayers at temples in Huma in the western district of Sambalpur and Vedvyas in Sundergarh district, Kapilas in Dhenkanal and Akhandalamani in Bhadrak. However, a large number people also throng to Sarankul, a prominent 'Shaiva Peetha', 12 km from Nayagarh on the banks of the river Kusumi, where Lord Ladukesh (Ladu Baba) is worshipped.

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