Stage is set for Maha Sivaratri in different abodes of Lord Siva across the State. Devotees from different parts of the State have started pouring in capital city to have darshan of Lord Lingaraj in the 11th century temple.
Barricades have already been put up at Siva temples in Sri Lokanath Temple, Puri, Gupteswar Temple in Koraput, Dhabaleswar Temple in Cuttack, and Kaplias Temple in Dhenkanal districts. Organising committees of various Siva temples in Cuttack also showed their readiness to receive thousands of devotees.
The Lingaraj Temple here is expected to witness more than one lakh devotees during the day. Commissionerate Police has decided to deploy 25 platoons of police to control crowd. It has also announced restriction of vehicular movements on different roads touching the Lingaraj temple. “We have also decided to deploy private security guards for orderly darshan. Besides, 14 close circuit television cameras have been installed at different places to monitor devotees' movement. The rituals will begin from 3.30 a.m. and continue till 10 p.m.,” according to Abanikanta Patnaik, administrator of Lingaraj Temple Administration.