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Sivasagar gears up for Shivratri, local holiday on March 8

Shivratri

Sentinel Digital Desk

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT

SIVASAGAR, March 3: The four-day-long Mahashivratri Utsav and Mela will commence in Sivasagar around the historic Shiva Doul (temple) on March 6.

The arrangements for the festival, including rituals, security and civic amenities, were filized at a meeting chaired by Virendra Mittal, District Magistrate of Sivasagar and president of Sivasagar Doul Unyan Parisha, recently. The festival will be iugurated at 11 am on March 6.

Every year lakhs of pilgrims visit the Shiva Doul during the festival from all over the country to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. The atmosphere in and around the temple vibrates with the sound of bells and chants of Om mah Shivay.

During the festival, the Sivasagar Doul Unyan Parishad in association with Sivasagar district administration organizes a fair for the people visiting the temple around the doul beside the Borpukhuri and at the playground of Phuleswari Girls' HS School and Tai Sangskriti Bikash Kendra premises, with various stalls selling food items, clothes and furniture. Some of the attractions of the mela include Chitrahaar, dance and other performances.

The Parishad, with support from the civic and police administration, is making all efforts to make the festival even more popular and also provide the devotees with maximum facilities. Meanwhile, many projects, keeping in view the comfort, entertainment and security of the pilgrims, have been taken up. A souvenir in the form of a magazine titled Sadashiv will also be released on the occasion.

Shivratri has been celebrated since the time the Shiva Doul was constructed next to the Borpukhuri (Sivasagar Tank) by Queen Ambika Konwari, second wife of Swargadeo Shiva Singha in 1731. Till, 1992, the fair was held inside the temple. Subsequently, the fair area was expanded.

Meanwhile, the Sivasagar district administration has declared a local holiday on March 8 (Tuesday) for Shivratri.

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