Cuttack, Oct 31: As many as 18 platoons of police force have been deployed at the Dhabaleswar Peeth for crowd management during the Panchuka, a five-day festival began at the 14th Century shrine near Cuttack.
Lakhs of devotees have thronged the Shiva Temple, located on the hilly island surrounded by the Mahanadi, to offer prayers to Lord Dhabaleswar.
As per the arrangements, barricades have been erected for smooth Darshan of the Lord. Devotees are moving in long queues, each serpentine line more than one km, from two ends to reach the temple and to have glimpse of the Lord. While one line of devotees was created from Cuttack side, another from the Mancheswa side.
The devotees, who visit from Cuttack side, cross the wide Mahanadi through mechanic boats and those coming from the other side walk through the hanging bridge.
It may be noted that during Panchuaka, the holy five days in the end of the Odia month of Kartik, the temple witnesses lakhs of devotees. During Panchuka, Bada Osha, which falls on November 2 (Thursday) this year, the famous Prasad called Gaja Bhog is offered to Lord Dhabaleswar.