Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 8:
The much awaited moment for Shiva devotees – the raising of the Maha Deepa atop the Lingaraj temple- took place at 11.55 pm on Monday amidst mass chanting of Har Har Mahadev, Bom Bom Bhole, Hari Bol and ululation by devotees.
The Maha Deepa was placed atop the temple’s dadhinauti (temple crown) by Chunara sevayats (a type of temple servitors skilled in the art of fixing of streamers and placing of Maha Deepa atop the temple) who climbed to the apex of the 11th century Shiva shrine, with the support of iron chains.
The placing of the Maha Deepa atop the temple which was earlier scheduled at 10 pm on Monday was however, delayed by a little less than two hours.