Temples in capital see huge turnout of devotees on occasion of Mahashivratri, CM participates in festival at Pahadi Mandir

Ranchi: Temples across the state capital on Thursday witnessed a huge rush of devotees eager to offer Jala-abhishek to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

Chief Minister Hemant Soren on the occasion of Mahashivratri reached at the Pahadi Mandir and participated in the function. Speaking on the occasion he exuded hope that like previous years this year also a grand function will be organised and prayed that events like these continue to be held as long as possible.

At the Pahadi Mandir in the capital since 3.30 am a long queue of devotees was seen outside the temple. Here first Ranchi DC Chhavi Ranjan and SDO Sameera performed the Puja after which the gates of the temples where opened for the people.

Officials of the Pahari Mandir Management Committee said that till 5.30 pm jala-abhishek was allowed after which the Shringar Puja was performed in the evening and after the Maha-Aarti again the doors of the temple was opened for the people.

This time in wake of coronavirus the district administration has not allowed showering of flowers and rose water on the devotees and for the first time Shiv-Baraat will also be not taken out. The devotees are offering Jala-abhishek through the argha system inside the temple.

In wake of Shivratri the district administration has made elaborate security arrangements in the city as apart from Pahari Mandir in other prominent Shiv temples of the capital since the very early morning policemen had been deployed. Further additional jawans were also posted on prominent spots in the city.

At Pahadi Mandir in particular 40 CCTV cameras have been deployed to keep and eye across the entire premises while 200 volunteers and 250 district police jawans have been also positioned for security.

Across the city 500 additional policemen have been deployed.

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