Bhubaneswar: Sea of devotees across the state thronged the temples to offer prayer to Lord Shiva on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri today.
Since wee hours, the devotees were found in a long queue in front of famous temples to have holy darshan to Lord Shiva on the special day.
In Bhubaneswar, the administration focused on enhancing the beauty of Lingaraj Temple on Mahashivratri by decorating the centuries old shrine with flowers. Due to eviction of encroached structures, the devotees found space enough for free movement around the temple.
Early in the morning, the devotees made a beeline for hours with varieties of flowers, bael (wood apple) leaves, coconuts, raw milk and fruits to enter into the temple and to offer those to Lord Shiva.
Mahashivratri, the most significant event for people especially in Hindu community, falls on the Chaturdashi (14th day) of Krushna Paksha (waning moon phase) in Phalguna month as per the Hindu lunar calendar. The night on Mahashivratri is also called Jagar when the devotees with fasting throughout day stay awake entire night and chant holy mantras of Lord Shiva to have blessings.