Lakhs of devotees throng Lingaraj Temple in #Bhubaneswar on #Mahashivratri, Maha Deepa Placed at 9.45 PM


Bhubaneswar: Lakhs of devotees throng Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar to get a glimpse of Lord Shiva. The much awaited moment for Shiva devotees – the raising of the Maha Deepa atop the Lingaraj temple- took place at 9.45 pm on Friday amidst mass chanting of Har Har Mahadev, Bom Bom Bhole, Hari Bol and ululation by devotees.

The Maha Deepa was placed atop the temple’s dadhinauti (temple crown) by Chunara sevayats (a type of temple servitors skilled in the art of fixing of streamers and placing of Maha Deepa atop the temple) who climbed to the apex of the 11th century Shiva shrine, with the support of iron chains.