GUWAHATI, March 7 - Along with the rest of the country, Maha Shivaratri was celebrated across the State.
Devotees thronged the Shiva temples in large numbers offering flowers, milk, bel fruit and leaves, dhatura, sandalwood paste, etc, to invoke divine blessings.
Long queues were witnessed outside the Shiva temples since the wee hours today.
In Guwahati, the festival was celebrated with great religious fervour. Devotees made a beeline for paying obeisance to Lord Shiva at the Umananda temple. People from other parts of the country also came to visit the temple on the occasion.
Special puja was performed in the temple during the nighttime. Arrangements were made for taking the devotees to the river island, where the temple is situated, by ferries and small boats.
Thousands of devotees came to the Sukreswar Devalaya, situated on the bank of the river Brahmaputra, to offer prayers.
This apart, several other Shiva temples in different areas, including Maligaon, Ulubari, Silpukhuri, Chandmari, among others, also witnessed huge rush of people.
People kept a day-long fasting, and kirtan and naam-prasanga was organized during the evening. Shivaratri was also celebrated by the Prajapita Brahmakumaris in different branches in the city.