Maha Shivratri being celebrated in Odisha with Devotion

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17: The Maha Shivratri or Jagar is being celebrated across the state with devotion and much enthusiasm today as long queues were seen in all the Shiv temples across Odisha as well as the state capital since early morning.

The devotees having bath in the morning rushed to the temples to offer spacial prayer on this auspicious day seeking blessings from Lord Shiv, the god of destruction, for their families and well beings.

Holding varieties of fruits, flowers, milk, coconuts on their hands, and baskets, they are still standing in long long queues to have darshan of the Shiv lingam in the Lingaraj temple, one of the oldest temple in Odisha.

Similar scene was witnessed in all the major temples including Aradi in Bhadrak district, Kapilas in Dhenkanal, Loknath in Puri, and Chandaneswar in Balasore district of the state.

This day is celebrated by all sects of Hindu religion to offer prayer to Lord Shiv, who is the creator of whole universe. The Devotees stay awake all the night, light diya, sit in the premises of the temple in the evening and chant mantras and slokas to offer their devotion.