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Sivaratri brings Kuntala waterfall to life

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Thousands of devotees spend the night on the dried-up bed of river Kadem

Devotees line up to reach the cave temple of Lord Someshwara situated on Kuntala waterfall in Adilabad on Sunday.- PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH
Devotees line up to reach the cave temple of Lord Someshwara situated on Kuntala waterfall in Adilabad on Sunday.- PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH

The start of the two-day jatara in connection with Sivaratri festival on Sunday brought to life the almost dried-up Kuntala waterfall as thousands of devotees visited the ancient temple of Lord Someshwara situated in a cave on a cliff face. Devotees began arriving since early in the day to worship at the temple and the rush picked up towards afternoon.

The temple attracts devotees from neighbouring Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts besides many places in Nanded district of Maharashtra. Thousands of them spend the night on the dried-up bed of river Kadem at the foot of the waterfall singing bhajans.

The devotees would take a dip in the pond located on the second fall early on Monday before climbing up once again to the cave temple. They also take part in the jatara which has scores of makeshift shops selling puja and other materials set up at the foot of the hills. The Forest Department has made arrangements for the devotees to climb up and down safely. Life guards were deployed at the venue.

Elsewhere, devout families made a beeline to offer prayers at ‘Sivalayams’.


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