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Religious fervour marks Sivaratri

AUSPICIOUS DAY: Devotees taking holy dip in the Godavari in Rajahmundry on Friday.

AUSPICIOUS DAY: Devotees taking holy dip in the Godavari in Rajahmundry on Friday.  

Special Correspondent

Devotees in large numbers throng temples

Srikakulam: Gaiety and piety marked the Sivaratri celebrations as the holy precincts of Siva temples in the district reverberated with the hymns in praise of Lord Siva and his consort Parvathi.

At the break of dawn, the devout thronged important temples like Madhukeswara Swamy temple in Srikurmaam, some 55 km from Srikakulam and popularly known as the Dakshina Kasi, and formed long queues.

Sangameswara temple at the confluence (sangamam) of Nagavali, Vedavathi and Suvarnmukhi rivers is another temple where devotees in large numbers gather and offer pooja.

There was heavy rush at the local Uma Rudrakoteswara temple. Authorities at the Arasavilli temple also made special arrangements for free flow of devotees. The `Yendala Mallanna' temple in Raavivaklasa is another temple to which devotees in large numbers throng and observe `jaagarana'.

Special poojas

Kakinada: People of the port city celebrated Sivarathri with religious fervour by performing special poojas at all Siva temples. The devotees formed bee lines at all the temples since early in the morning to have the darshan of Lord Siva and goddess Parvati. Devotees thronged the Adikumbheswera swamy temple along the beach road, Subrahmanyeswera swamy temple in Indrapalem and Bala Tripura Sundari temple and the police had a tough time in controlling the crowd. Special buses were operated to meet the pilgrim traffic. Thousands of devotees had a holy dip in the sea.

Bandobust

VIZIANAGARAM: Thousands of devotees offered prayers to Lord Siva at Punyagiri and Sanyaseswara Swamy at Dharmavaram in S.Kota mandal and Sri Sita Rama Lakshmana Swamy temple at Ramatheerthalu in Nellimarla mandal.

Thousands of devotees thronged the temples since early hours. Elaborate bandobust was made at temples.

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