Special pujas were held in Belgaum and Dharwad districts
Thousands of people thronged the Shiva temples in the city and other parts of the district as part of the celebration of Mahashivaratri on Monday. However, the attendance at the Kapileshwara temple in Shahpur, an old locality of the city, was the highest.
After 12 years, Mahashivaratri was celebrated on Monday, believed to be the special day of Lord Shiva.
The Kapileshwara temple, which is also called Dakshina Kashi, has a jyotirlinga. Devotees believe that the pilgrimage to 12 jyotirlingas across India is incomplete without a visit to the Kapileshwara temple here. The temple, apart from the Shivalinga, has the temples of Ganesha, Hanuman, Dattatreya, Saibaba (Shirdi), Kal-Bhairav and navagraha.
Large number of devotees visited other major temples such as Military Mahadev temple on College Road and Shree Veerabhadraswamy temple on the premises of the district police headquarters.
A more than 20 ft. high Shivalinga installed by Brahmakumaris and Brahmakumars of Prajapita Bhrama Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya was one of the major attractions for the devotees in the city. Special pujas and bhajans in various temples were also held in the evenings till midnight. Prasad was distributed to devotees who observed fast.
There was a mad rush at the Shree Vaijnath temple (believed to be a jagrut devasthan) atop the hill near Devarwadi, a village on the Karnataka and Maharashtra boundary (falling in Chandgadh taluk of Maharashtra) with thousands of devotees queuing up for the darshan of the Shivalinga.
Bhajans and puja
Staff Correspondent from Dharwad reports:
Mahashivaratri was celebrated with devotion and fervour in Dharwad on Monday.
It is the most important festival in this part of the State where a large number of people follow Shaivism. The celebration started on Sunday night with devotees thronging Shiva temples and singing bhajans.
There was a huge turnout at the LEA grounds opposite Durgadevi temple as an 18 ft. tall Shivalingam was installed. A replica of Amarnath was set up at Kadapa Maidan. Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar inaugurated the programme called ‘Amarnath Darshan' on Sunday night.
Special pujas were performed at Shiva temples in Koppadakeri, police head quarters, Ravivarpet, Jayanagar and other localities.
One of the major attractions in Belgaum was the 20 ft. Shivalinga installed by Brahmakumaris 18 ft. tall Shivalinga was installed at the LEA grounds opposite Durgadevi temple in Dharwad
One of the major attractions in Belgaum was the 20 ft. Shivalinga installed by Brahmakumaris
18 ft. tall Shivalinga was installed at the LEA grounds opposite Durgadevi temple in Dharwad