GUWAHATI, Feb 17 � Celebrations were held across the state on the occasion of Sivaratri, as the devotees thronged the temples to pay obeisance to Lord Siva since the wee hours today.
Devotees worshipped Lord Siva with flowers, milk, bel fruit and leaves, dhatura, sandalwood paste etc., to seek his blessings.
Long queues were witnessed outside all the Siva temples throughout the day.
In Guwahati too, the festival was celebrated with great religious enthusiasm.
Umananda temple witnessed a huge rush of devotees. According to an estimate, nearly 18 thousand people went to Umananda for darshan and nearly 12-15 thousand people worshipped in Sukreswar temple of the city.
Special arrangements were made for taking people to Umananda temple through ferries and small boats. Two joint control rooms of police and medical staff were set up in Umananda and one such arrangement was done in Uzanbazar. The night worshipping was held in the temple from 11 pm to 3 am. Teams of scouts and guides, NDRF and SDRF were present at the venue. Ferry service to Umananda was stopped from 5.30 pm. A tent was set up with seating arrangement for 500 devotees at Uzanbazar ghat. �As Umananda and Sukreswar temples were declared as no plastic zones, nearly 40,000 jute bags were given to the devotees replacing their plastic bags,� said sources from the district administration.
Festive atmosphere prevailed in other parts of the city also with devotional music programmes in temple premises and movement of devotees.
The four-day-long Sivaratri Mahotsav Mela of Brahma Kumaris concluded today at Rajgarh Bihutoli field. The main highlights of the fest included exhibition stalls, colourful cultural procession and flying of hundreds of balloons with spiritual messages in the sky. The fest was inaugurated on February 14, which was attended by Kailash Prasad Sarda, chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Guwahati as the chief guest.