Raipur all set to celebrate Mahashivratri today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Feb 2018 11:48:56

Staff Reporter

SHIVALAYAS-the temples of Lord of Destruction- across the State capital like those in rest of the State and of-course entire nation are beautifully-adorned for the special puja to be performed on auspicious Mahashivratri, falling on Tuesday. After a long pause since the day of culmination of Shravan Somvar, the skies are to once again reverberate with chants and slogans of Har Har Mahadev, Bam Bhole and Om Namah Shivay. Almost all temples of Lord Mahadev are expected to witness immense religious congregation on the occasion of Mahashivratri, which recalls the day of Lord Shiva’s tying with nuptial knot with Goddess Parvati, the daughter of The Himalayas.

Centre of the attraction would be Lord Shiva’s temple in the midst of Rajim-The Prayag of Chhattisgarh- where thousands of devotees would take holy dip into confluence of rivers Pairi, Sondhur and Mahanadi prior performing Lord’s puja by offering prayers, Gangajal and other items.
As usually heavy security arrangements are made in and out of well-adorned Lord Shiva’s temple at Kalibadi, Nayapara, Ramsagarpara, Mahadev Ghat, Banjaridham and other Shivalayas across the city, in view of the multitude of devotees, expected to congregate on Mahashivratri. There would be also special arrangements to ensure smoothness of traffic movement.

Traditionally, the celebration will start since the wee hours on Tuesday with thronging of large number of devotees, particularly the women at local Shiva temples. Most of the devotees in general especially women will keep fasting as part of the day offer puja, singing in the glory of Lord Shiva. Various devotional events like kirtan, bhajans are also expected to be organised not only at Shiva temples but also religious places and households.

Rituals of havan, pujan and mahabhishek would be the main religious activities throughout the day on Mahashivratri, say the scholars. Talking to The Hitavada, Ganesh Mandir priest Pandit Manoj Kumar Upadhyay informed that performing ‘mahabhishek’ of Lord Shiva had a great significance on Shivaratri. “The first mahabhishek would be performed in between 3 am to 4 am, followed by second mahabhishek in between 7 am to 8 am, third at 12 noon and fourth at 7 pm”, the priest said.