Tezpur: Maha Shivratri was celebrated on Friday with great enthusiasm at the historic Mahabhairab Temple. About 50,000 people converged at the temple where Maha Shivratri has been celebrated for long. Celebrations were held across the State on the occasion of Maha Shivratri as the devotees thronged the temples to pay obeisance to Lord Siva since the wee hours on Friday.
The ancient temple of Mahabhairab, which stands to the north of the historic Tezpur town, and which is believed to have been established by king Bana with a Shiva lingam, has been a must-visit destination for devotees and other visitors, irrespective of religion. Devotees worshipped Lord Siva with flowers, milk, bel fruit and leaves, dhatura and sandalwood paste to seek his blessings.
The two-day long Maha Shivratri Puja Baran was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner of Sonitpur, Manvendra Pratap Singh and local MLA Brindaban Goswami. Long queues were witnessed outside the Siva temples throughout the day and the main highlights of the fest included exhibition stalls, colorful cultural procession.
Munin Baruah, secretary of the Shivratri Mela celebration committee of Mahabhairab Temple, said that as in the past, this year too a two-day mela had been organized at the venue with the cooperation of the Sonitpur district administration, police and other prolific members of the committee.