NORTH GUWAHATI, April 14 � Amidst religious revelry, a large number of devotees hailing mostly from surrounding villages of the Dirgheswari Dewalaya here celebrated the Modonchaturdashi festival recently. The holy day is observed as the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and goddess Dirgheswari.
After performing religious rituals the icon of goddess Dirgheswari placed in a decorated chariat was carried by enthusiastic devotees in a religious procession, covering the main thoroughfares of North Guwahati in the evening.
The �Goddess� when taken to the sacred Aswaklanta Dewalaya, situated on the west of Monikarneswar was bathed with holy water from the sacred �Bishnupad� and later the devotees proceeded towards Monikarneswar Dewalaya at Rajaduar where Lord Shiva is believed to be present as divine bridegroom during the sacred ceremony.
In the midst of vedic rituals, the divine marriage was performed between Lord Shiva and mother Dirgheswari. After celebrating the celestial marriage in the midst of Vedic hymns and age-old traditions. the divine bride was taken back in the wee hours of the night by the devotees who carried her back to the abode of the goddess at Sitachal hills.