Lucknow: Basking in the glory of Lord Shiva on Mahashivratri, a steady stream of faithful are turning up at the temples in and around the city to pay their obeisance to the God. On the holy festival, which falls on Krishna Chaturdashi of the month of Magh across India, the festival of Shivaratri is being celebrated with much pomp and fervour. Crowds have been seen turning up in temples since morning.
Customary Mankameshwara visit
Devotees thronged the highly revered Manakameshwara temple in Daliganj. From morning onwards, the devotees of Mahadev, who were in line, continued to march with the chants of Har Har Mahadev and Bam Bhole. With excessive crowds, the security personnel kept a strict check on troublemakers. The Mahant of the temple, Devyagiri has been quoted saying that any religious activity held on this day holds greater significance as compared to other days.
City temples see steady footfall but masks a must
Constant appeals across temples are being made to come to the temples to worship but not without masks and other COVID protocols. At the Buddhaeshwar Mahadev Temple in Alamnagar, Koneshwar Mahadev Temple in Chowk, Chota and Bada Shivalaya located in Chaupatia, there were queues of Shiva devotees since early morning. The other temples where the faithful turned up were the Nageshwar Mahadev Temple in LDA Colony, Indreshwar and Sahasavir Temple in Krishna Nagar and other temples in Saadatganj, Rajajipuram among others.
Processions and shringar mark day
Apart from the temple visits Shiv Baarats and Shringar, Pooja Aarti and Bhajans will keep the revelers occupied. As per Hindu mythology, Shivratri marks the marriage of Lord Shankar and mother Parvati. Shiva devotees fast and worship Lord Shiva. In Ayodhya too, devotees thronged the shrine in early morning.