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‘Mahadeep’ was lifted atop Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar much ahead of the schedule

Bhubaneswar, Mar 12/3/21: Lord Shiva’s ‘Mahadeep’ was lifted atop Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar at around 9:40 pm on Thursday.

The Maha Shivaratri was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across the city today.  Devotees thronged the shrine of Lord Lingaraj at Old Town on the occasion of Mahashivaratri and offered prayers to Lord Shiva.

Devotees have been allowed to light diya (earthen lamps) at Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar.


Devotees have been allowed to enter inside the temple premises amid Covid restrictions, but the entry of elderly people and children has been restricted.

The Commissionerate Police made elaborate security arrangements in view of Mahashivratri.

Khordha Collector Sanat Kumar Mohanty, who was present at the temple, thanked everyone for lifting of the ‘Mahadeep’ much ahead of the schedule.

Devotees observing a day-long fast to celebrate the auspicious Maha Shivratri took food after the holy lamp was placed atop the temple.


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