The temples of Lord Shiva in Mysore and surrounding places were abuzz with devotees who came to offer prayers on the occasion of Mahashivaratri on Monday.
The festival is marked by fasting, prayers and vigil (jagarane), with devotees singing bhajans and chanting all night long.
Like every year, devotees started arriving at the crack of dawn to offer special prayers in temples that were decked up to mark the occasion. The famous Srikanteshwara temple in Nanjangud, which is known as the Dakshina Kashi, was specially decorated with a variety of flowers. Devotees stood in long queues for ‘darshan'. Special ‘abhishekas' were performed to the deity.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation had arranged special buses for devotees from Mysore to Nanjangud.
Ganga jal was distributed in some Shiva temples here.
At the Trinayaneshwara temple on the Mysore palace premises too, devotees gathered in large numbers and offered flowers and ‘bilva patra'.
A significant feature of the temple is the golden mask or ‘Chinnada Kolaga' which is put on the deity once a year. It was gifted by the last Maharaja of Mysore, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, in 1951.
Special prayers offered on Mahashivaratri Special bus service for devotees to Nanjangud temple
Special prayers offered on Mahashivaratri
Special bus service for devotees to Nanjangud temple