Dibrugarh: The festival of Maha Shivratri was celebrated with great devotion and fervour here on Friday along with other parts of Assam. On the holy occasion, Shiv temples were embellished with lights and flowers. The devotees of Lord Shiva were seen thronging the Shiva temples since early morning. The volume of crowd the temples attracted could be easily estimated from the long queue of devotees formed outside the temples. People of all age were seen participating in the rituals. Of the temples here, the old temple near the Dibrugarh Town Railway Station stood out. This age-old temple, quite popular among the devotees, witnessed a slew of devotees, who kept coming throughout the day. The temple was also adorned with lights. Many other areas like Sashan Para also observed community worshipping of Lord Shiva on the special occasion. Many people were also seen going to the International Shiva Festival being held at Shiva Dol, Sivasagar.
MERAPANI: Along with rest of the State, the Maha Shivratri was observed in different places of Merapani and its neighbouring places of Jamuguri, Ghilahari and Kachamari of Golaghat district on Friday. From morning the devotees have been offering prayers to Lord Shiva. In Shiva temple of Pulibagan under Merapani sub-division Shivratri was observed with extensive programmes of Dihanam.
JORHAT: In Jorhat district too the celebration of Shivratri was arranged with full pomp and gaiety especially at Burigukhani Dewaloi, Hatigarh Dewal, Negheriting Shiv Mandir, Gorokhiya Doul where special prayers were held, said Prabin Kalita, the president of Jorhat Shivratri celebration committee here on Friday. Moreover devotees from all age groups started thronging the temple sites right from morning hours whereas mela-cum-worshipping fair was witnessed at RRL Shiv Mandir besides NH-37 wore a festive look right where several hundred devotees offered their prayers.
PATHSALA: Devotees of Lord Shiva celebrated Maha Shivratri in Bajali Jalikhata where one of the famous banyan tree is located on the Jalikata village near Pathsala town of Bajali in Barpeta district. It is one of the oldest living banyan tree in India, believed to be two hundred seven years old. Today thousands of devotees thronged this Shiva temple and paid obseisance to Lord Shiva and made offerings to the deity. Devotees were seen offering flowers, fruits, milk, water and honey to Shivling.