Bokaro: Residents celebrated Mahashivratri with full fervor and enthusiasm across the district. Almost all the temples of Lord Shiva saw a huge rush on the auspicious day. Devotees thronged the temples early morning to offer prayers and perform special ‘pujas’.
A large number of devotees on Thursday worshipped at the two famous temples Chidka Dham and Luggu Hill on the occasion of Mahashivratri. Chidka Dham is a famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva, situated near Chas Moad while Luggu Hill is in Gomia. Luggu Baba temple is inside a natural cave atop the hill.
Maha Shivratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed ‘Tandava’ while many of them believed that on this day Lord Shiva was married to goddess Parvati,” said Dashrat Pandey, a priest of Navnath Temple. Devotees offer worship to Lord Shiva in different ways.
Many remain on fast, perform spiritual meditation and worship Lord Shiva by rituals to commemorate Mahashivaratri. “Devotees visit temple and offered water, milk bael patri (wood apple leaves), curd, honey on the Lingham, a symbol of Lord Shiva to be blessed with grace on Mahashivaratri,” said Prayag Prasad a resident of Sector-IV.
“Visiting the temple today we pray to Lord Shiva to spread happiness in everybody’s life,” said a devotee in Brahmkumari Ashram at Sector IV, where a special religious function was organised on the day. Another devotee said, that Mahashivratri is believed to be an auspicious occasion for women to pray for the wellbeing of their husbands and sons.