‘Om Namasivaya' chants rent the air
Maha Sivaratri, the night of Lord Siva, was celebrated with traditional enthusiasm and religious fervour across Prakasam district on Monday.
Devout people chanting “Om Namasivaya'' waited for their turn in long queues to perform ''Palabhishegam and 'Bilwarchana' to Someswara on the auspicious occasion falling on Monday.
The devotees observed fast, performed Bhajan and maintained night vigil for ''Lingothbhav'' darsan at midnight seeking the blessings of the almighty.
Devotees made a beeline to among other temples, the famous Amarlingeswaraswamy temple at Manetikota in Ulavpadu mandal, Pathala Nageswaraswamy temple at Giddalur, Ramakoteswaraswamy temple at Chinnaganjam, Lingothbava swamy temple at Chadalawada and the Eswara temple at Tripuranthakam.
Special puja was performed in different Siva temples in the town at the auspicious ''Pradhoshakala''.
These include the Kasivisveswara temple at Chennakesavapet here, Mahasahasralinga Samedha Dwadasa Jyothirlinga kshetram at Santhapet here and Bramarambha Samedha Pasupathi temple on the banks of Rangarayudu Chervu here.
People in large numbers waited for their turn to touch each of the 1,116 Sivalingas installed at Jambulapalem near Tangutur.
People from far and near visited the picturesque Bhairavakona in Ambapuram in Chandrasekarapuram mandal to offer special prayers for salvation, after holy bath in the waterfalls. It is the abode of Trimukadurga samedha Bhareveswara.
Lord Siva appears in eight forms - Shashinaga, Rudra, Visweswara, Nagarikeswara, Bhargeswara, Rameswara, Mallikarjuna and Pakshamalika Linga -- in the hill temple with fiery Lord Bhairava as the “Kshetrapalaka'' in the 7th century A.D temple.
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) pressed into service over 500 special bus services as pious people traveled to Siva temples within the district as also to Srisailam in neighbouring Kurnool and Kotappakonda in Guntur districts on the occasion.