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City soaks in devotional fervour

Posted on 14-Feb-2018

City soaks in dev...
Devotees make a beeline for temples on the occasion of Mahasivaratri.

Waking up much before the dawn, the devout made their way to the nearest Siva temple to view day-long religious events to their heart’s content on Mahasivaratri celebrated in the city on Tuesday.

Carrying basket of flowers, milk sachets, ghee lamps and a host of aromatic liquids used to perform abhishekam, a huge number of devotees were seen waiting in serpentine queues to witness early morning rituals at the temples that started off with a celestial bath given to Sivalingam.

Elaborate rituals

The conch shells blew louder at Sivalayam at Appikonda and Pasupathinatha Panchamukheswara alayam at Malkapuram as the festival celebrations came alive with a slew of programmes.

Devotees made a beeline for these temples and spend hours offering prayers to Lord Siva.

Elaborate rituals were held at Sivaalayams located at Burujupeta in One-Town Area, Shantipuram, Hanumantawaka Junction, Seethammadhara, Gopalapatnam and Gajuwaka, among other neighbourhoods. Veda Parayana priest of Sri Maha Ganapathi Prasanna Venkateswara Ayyappa Shiridi Sai Baba Devalayamulu A.V.S. Rama Sarma said scores of devotees assembled at the shrine to take part in special rituals performed such as Siva Parvati Kalayanam and Mahanyasapoorvaka Rudrabhishekam held from dawn to dusk.

Sri Sathya Sai Prema Sadhan Mandir teemed with devotees as men, women and children took turns to perform palabhishekam to spatika-silver Sivalingam kept at the shrine. Ganapati puja, bilvarchana and Parvati-Parameswara kalyanam, rudra homam and akhanda bhajan marked Mahasivaratri celebrations here.

Apart from shrines, a devotional fervour pervaded parts of Beach Road as grandeur marked the annual celebrations of the one crore Sivalingams prathishta and mahakumbhabhishekam organised by T. Subbarami Reddy Lalithakala Parishath.

With holy ash (vibhuti) smeared prominently on their foreheads and clad in traditional attires, people came together to participate in rituals, including chanting of hymns, held at various temples.

Bar on milk tetra packs

Some of the priests in Sivaalayams said that they refuse to accept tetra packs of milk while giving celestial bath to Sivalingam as the quality of milk in such packs is causing damage to the lingam.
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