A large number of devotees visit the Shaivite temples across the region

The Mahasivaratri was celebrated with religious fervour in the district on Monday. Scores of devotees thronged all the Shaivite temples to have darshan of Lord Siva since early morning.

The ancient Kanteswar temple on Armoor road here was specially decorated. Similarly, Shambuni gudi in the old town, Sidhi Ramalingeswara temple at Biknoor mandal headquarters, Sidhula gutta in Armoor, a Shaivite temple in Bodhan were witness huge crowd. MLA Pocharam Srinivas Reddy was among those who performed puja at the famous Sivalayam at Banswada. The APS RTC arranged special buses to important Shaivite temples like Edupayala and so on.

In Adilabad

Adilabad Staff Reporter adds: Tribal music and scenic splendour greeted thousands of devotees who climbed down into the valley at Kuntala waterfall in Adilabad district to offer prayers at the ancient Someshwara cave temple. The tiny temple of Lord Shiva, located on the face of a cliff on the waterfall, comes alive every year in connection with Mahasivaratri celebrations.

Kuntala waterfall is located in Neredigonda mandal and is about 12 km off the NH 7 passing through the mandal head quarter village. Though the condition of this road leaves much to be desired there is no alternative route to the waterfall.

The Shivalingam inside the elevated cave was originally worshipped by the aboriginal Gonds, Kolams and Naikpods. In due course it gained popularity among the non tribal people also who come from distant places to spend the Sivaratri night in the calm openness of the Kuntala valley.

Groups of tribal people from surrounding mandals still take the traditional routes through hills and forests to arrive at the holy place. The Forest Department has erected an iron staircase to reach the cave.

In Nalgonda

Nalgonda Correspondent adds: Devotees in large numbers, thronged temples to celebrate Mahasivaratri Installation of a ‘Siva lingam' made of mud and ‘panchamrutam' at Chaya Someswara Temple, Panagal, was the highlight of the day. It attracted a large number of devotees, including District Collector N. Mukteswara Rao and Nalgonda MLA K. Venkat Reddy. They participated in a specially arranged pooja by the Puratana Devalayala Sevatrust and Dharma Karta Mandali.

Devotees and representatives of the trust/mandali took the lingam in a procession from the temple through the streets of Panagal to Pacha Someswara Temple and back for immersion in the local tank. Members of the Sai Vigneswara Mahila Kolata Brundam, Nidamanur, and students of News Public School played 'kolatam', drawing public attention.

The festival was also celebrated at Jadala Ramalingeswara Swami Temple, Cheruvugattu, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Temple, Yadagirigutta, and Sri Meenakshi Agasteswara Swamy Temple,Vadapalli.

Minister for Women Development and Child Welfare Sunita Lakshma Reddy attended the pooja in Uma Shankara Swamy Temple at Sharbhanapuram village, in Aler mandal, and in Yadagirigutta.

A large number of Siva devotees took a holy dip in the Krishna river at Nagarjunasagar.

In Warangal

Warangal Staff Reporter adds: The temples across the district were beautifully decorated and devotees in large numbers made a beeline since early hours on the eve of Mahasivaratri festival here on Monday.

Many of the temples belonging to the Kakatiya kings who adored Lord Shiva were spruced up for the day and decked with garlands of Mango leaves and banana fronds. The thresholds were swept and decorated with rangoli patterns.

At ancient Thousand Pillar temple in Hanamkonda, hectic activity was witnessed where the official erected wooden barricading to control the surging crowds.

Many ancient temples – Ramalingeswara temple (Rammappa) at Venkatapur mandal, Someswara Swamy temples at Palakurthy mandal and Mallikarjuna Swamy temple Wardhannapet and all the new temples in Hanamkonda, Kazipet and Warangal towns celebrated the festival.

In Medak

Sangareddy Staff Reporter adds: Huge rush was witnessed at all Shiva temples across the district.Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarasimha offered special prayers at the Vana Durga Bhavani temple in Yedupayala and presented vastrams to the Goddess.

Zaheerabad Lok Sabha member Suresh Kumar Shetkar, Gajwel legislator T Narsa Reddy, Zilla Parishat former chairman M. Balaiah and other also visited the temple.

Dubbaka legislator Ch. Muthyam Reddy had dharshan at Kotilingala temple at Rampur village in Toguta mandal. Large number of devotees from neighbouring Maharshtra and Karnataka have arrived at Ketaki Sangameswar temple located at Jarasangam to offer special prayers.

Collector S. Suresh Kumar reportedly expressed displeasure over the improper arrangements at the Yedupayala.

In Karimnagar

Karimnagar Staff Reporter adds: Devotees thronged the Shaivite temples in the district including Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanam in Vemulawada, Sri Kaleshwara Muktheeshwara Swamy devasthanam in Kaleshwaram and other shrines. There was heavy pilgrims rush at the ancient Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy devasthanam in Vemulawada of Karimnagar district.

The TTD priests led by Seshadri have presented silk vastrams to the presiding deities at the temple shrine. TRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao along with his family members including Sircilla legislator K Taraka Rama Rao offered prayers at the Vemulawada.

TRS floor leader in the Assembly Etala Rajender and Vemulawada legislator Ch Ramesh Babu also offered prayers on the occasion. Government Whip Arepalli Mohan would present silk vastrams on behalf of state government during the midnight ritual of ‘lingodbhavana' programme.

Similarly, the pilgrims have swelled at the Sri Kaleshwara Muktheeshwara swamy devasthanam in Kaleshwaram of Mahadevpur mandal in Karimnagar district. Minister for Civil Supplies D Sridhar Babu, AP High court judge Justice N Rammohan Rao, Superintendent of Police V Ravinder took a holy dip in ‘triveni' sanghamam in the river Godavari and offered special prayers at the shrine.