SIVASAGAR, July 20 - The first Monday in the month of sawan (shrabana) is a very auspicious day for the devotees of Lord Shiva, during which the devotees traditionally carry water in earthen pitchers from far off places to pour over the Shiva linga to have his blessings. Usually thousands of devotees of all ages cover great distances on foot chanting Bol Bom, stay overnight in long queues to enter the temple in the wee hours. The whole scenario around the famous temple turns festive with mike blaring devotional songs throughout the night.
But this year, as the COVID- 19 pandemic has virtually brought the whole world to a standstill, the historic Shiva doul in Sivasagar is nearly deserted in the morning. Only a few devotees were allowed by the administration to enter the temple to offer prayers. Suresh Chandra Borthakur, head priest, Shiva doul, told mediapersons in temple premises today that he has performed the puja prayers and did the rituals inside the temple on behalf of the devotees who could not come to the shrine and hoped that all will be blessed by Lord Shiva.