Indore: Prayers, bhajans, chants mark Mahashivratri

Indore: Mahashivratri, the night of enlightenment for spiritual seekers, a day of blessings of union and the festive great night of Shiva, was celebrated with fervour in the city on Monday. With prayers, chants, ‘abhishek’, fasts and celebrations, residents of Indore celebrated the wedding of Shiva and Parvati.

Thousands stood in line in almost every Shiva temple to pay obeisance to the couple and receive blessings. Every temple served ‘Thandai’ to devotees as ‘prasad’ of the celebratory night. Thandai was prepared with milk, sugar, dried or fresh rose petals, water, almonds, seeds of watermelon and musk melon, peppercorns, poppy seeds, aniseed, cardamom and rose water.

The recipe helps in relieving stomachs of ailments of devotees and energising them. Adding to the recipe, thandai infused with ‘Bhang’ was equally popular among some people in the city. Bhang are leaves and flower tops of cannabis. Various religious and spiritual bodies organised public functions to celebrate the day.

‘Baraat’ of the lord was taken out from Shiva temples, located at Marimata and Pardeshipura, in which large number of people including females and children took part. Elsewhere, shobhayatras were also taken out to celebrate the lord’s wedding. On the occasion, ‘bhang’ was also distributed. Temples were decorated with lights and every shiva ligam was decorated with unique designs.

A sculpture of ice showing Shiva-Shakti was presented outside Pipleshwar Mahadev Mandir. Head priest of Khajrana temple Satpal Bhatt said, “Smearing sindoor and bathing Shivling with milk signifies sanitization of the soul, offering fruits represents a long life and fulfilment of desires while lighting of the lamp signifies achievement of knowledge,” Bhatt said.

Shivdham Gengeshwar Jyotirling temple at Pardeshipura, Gopeshwar Mahadev temple in Gandhi Hall, Jabreshwar Mahadev temple at Rajwada, Indreshwar Mahadev temple at Pandrinath, Gangeshwar Mahadev temple and others witnessed huge crowd of devotees since morning

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