DEVOTEES THRONGED to temples across the City and adjoining areas, particularly Bhojpur, offering prayers, Gangajal and milk on Mahashivratri on Friday.
The faithful waited in long queues since the morning to make offerings at the Shivlingam in temples. Most women observed a fast on the auspicious occasion, which also symbolises the marriage of Lord Shiv and Goddess Parvati.
Legend has it that during samundra manthan, the ‘Destroyer of the Hindu Trinity’ drank poison coming out from the ocean to save the world.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Mayor Sunil Sood offered milk to Lord Shiv at Badwale Mandir. They also pulled the chariot to mark the departure of Lord Shiv’s marriage procession.
At several temples — Bhojpur temple, Gufa Mandir, Siddheshwar Mandir, Birla Mandir among others – the abhishek of Lord Shiv was carried out in the presence of devotees. A colourful marriage procession of the deity was taken out from some temples.
Devotees and children, who took part in the procession, were wearing masks and had painted their faces to look like the soldiers of Lord Shiv.
Special arrangements had been made in all the Ujjain-bound trains passing through Bhopal for the devotees on this pious day.
A large crowd was also seen at bhang shops at Rangmahal Square and at other places. Elaborate security arrangements had been made for the festival in the town.