Bhubaneswar: Fervour and gaiety marked the Maha Sivaratri celebrations in the State as the devotees made a beeline to Siva temples from the early hours of Monday to offer prayers and milk to the Shivaling, a representation of Shiva and also to seek the blessings of the Lord.
In the capital city of Bhubaneswar while the roads wore a deserted look, the Siva temples and surroundings are packed with devotees, who came in large numbers to celebrate Maha Shivaratri, otherwise known as ‘Jagar’, by observing fast.
Temples of Lord Siva are decked with flowers and beautifully illuminated lights to welcome the devotees.
Almost all the Siva temples, including Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar, Loknath Temple in Puri, Gupteswar Temple in Koraput, Akhandalmani Temple in Bhadrak, Dhabaleswar Temple in Cuttack, Kapilash Temple in Dhenkanal has lined-up special rituals (puja) and celebrations till midnight when the Mahadeep will be taken atop the temple.
At the Lingaraj temple, the Mahadeep is scheduled to be taken atop the temple at 10 pm.
Special cultural programmes, bhajans, keertans and pujas and prayers are being organised in the temple to mark the auspicious occasion. Adequate security arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the holy day passes peacefully