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Shivratri : Thousands of devotees congregate in Aradi, Puri, Kapilas


Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhadrak/Puri/ Dhenkanal, Feb 27:

Lakhs of fasting devotees of Lord Shiva have congregated in large numbers at  the Shiva shrines across Odisha on the occasion of Shivratri today.

In Aradi, the ‘abode’ of Baba Akhandalamani, in Bhadrak district, devotees were seen standing in a long serpentine queue under the scorching sun. Devotees queued up since midnight for their turn to have a glimpse of the Lord and seek his blessings.Shivratri Puja

According to the temple administrator everything was in place as per plan in accordance with the decision taken at the district level meeting. He said an estimated 3 lakh devotees are expected for the grand spectacle of the raising of the Maha Deepa and said everything was in order from the rituals to the crowd management.

The Maha Deepa is expected to be raised by 5 AM tomorrow.

Adequate number of boats have been kept at the three ferry ghats on on both sides of river Baitarini to ferry devotees. Policemen have been deployed to prevent overcrowding in the boats in view of the boat tragedy in Hirakud dam recently

.A temple priest said the temple was opened at 4 AM today to start with a ‘gharsana’  puja offered by the erstwhile king of Kanika state, following which  devotees were allowed into the temple sanctum sanctorium to perform puja and have a darshan of the Lord.

He said darshan will will continue till 11PM and the temple will be closed for public for special rituals to be conducted before the raising of the Maha Deepa at 4.30 AM – 5AM tomorrow. The priest said after Suna besha the raising of the Mahadeepa will take place at 4.30 AM . 40 kgs of ‘desi’ ghee will be used to keep the lamp lighted.

Shivratri in Puri

At the Lokanath temple in Puri a huge crowd has congrehated to have a darshan of the Lord Lokanath. Barricades have been erected amid heavy police bandobust to manage the flow of devotees which is expected to be in lakhs towards midnight when the representative (chalanti pratima) of Lord Jagannath visits Lord Lokanath for a Hari-Hara bheta (meeting).
Sources said seven platoons of policemen have been deployed in and around the temple along with adequate number of officers to maintain law and order. The raising of the Maha Deepa, the main attraction of Shiva Ratri, is expected to take place around 4 AM in the morning.
Long queues  were also seen at the Dhabaleswar pitha (shrine) under Athagarh subdivision in Cuttack district and Chandrasekhar pitha at Kapilas in Dhenkanal district.
Maha Deepa raising is expected  to take place at both the temples at around 4 AM tomorrow.