As many as four lakh devotees thronged Kapilas, abode of Lord Chandrasekhar, to observe Maha Shivratri. Not just from the State but devotees from neighbouring states congregated at Kapilas to celebrate the festival. Since wee hours of the day, there was a serpentine queue of devotees from the Deer Park to Kapilas.
On the auspicious occasion, the priests performed special Rudravishekh, Jalabhisek, Khirabhisek, Shiva Sahashranam rituals.
In the evening, lakhs of devotees lined up on Kapilas mountain and lighted ‘diyas’ to witnesses the raising of the ‘Mahadeep’. Sevayats adorned Lord Chandrasekhar with gold and silver ornaments and the ‘Mahadeep’ was raised at around 3.50 am.
Meanwhile, as many as 108 couples participated in Rudravishekh at Lord Shiva temple in Chinamaya Mission here.
Prajapita Brahmakumaris Iswariya Viswavidyalaya organised a special programme on spiritual significance of Maha Shivratri and took out a rally this morning.
To avoid any untoward incident, security arrangements were put in place since last evening. Ten platoons of police force were deployed at various places. Drinking water facilities were made.