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Mahasivratri Celebrated across the state With Religious Fervour

Bhubaneswar: 14/2/18;The festival of Mahasivratri to mark the wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati began with reverence as thousands of devotees thronged the famous shrines of Lord Shiva across the State to offer worship.

Rituals began as early as 4 am at Lingaraj Temple in Bhubanewar with ‘Sahanamela’ (open darshan). The Lingaraj Temple premise was swarmed by Devotees, who in large numbers waited their turn to get a glimpse of Lord and offer their prayers.

One could experience devotion and worship in the air with devotees singing hymns and prayers as they gear up to witness the placing of ‘Mahadeepa’ atop the temple at around 10 pm. Devotees observe strict fasting on the day and break their fast only after witnessing the lifting of ‘Mahadeepa’.

imilar fervor was observed at Dhabaleswar Temple in Cuttack, another revered shrine of Lord Shiva. The rituals at Dhabaleswar kick started at 5 am and the queue of devotees was getting longer as the day progressed. While a few would go back after offering worship and return to witness the lifting of Mahadeepa which is scheduled to be held at 1 am, many devotees would wait at the temple chanting prayers till the rituals culminate.

Similarly, devotion and worship filled the air at Sri Lokanath Temple in Puri, Kapilas in Dhenkanal, Baba Akhandalamani Temple in Bhadrak, Ludubaba Temple in Nayagarh and Gupteswar Temple in Koraput district, where devotees were seen queuing up to offer worship as early as 3 am.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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