Mahashivratri gains extra significance for falling on Monday(23.02.09)

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People standing in long ques for hours to reach Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

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Daily kirtan mandali heading to Kashi Vishwanath mandir.

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Obtaining blessings after holy dip.

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Offering prayers.

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Marriage of  Shiva and  Parvati is being solemnized on Bajara (a big boat  ).

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Thousands took holy dip on this occasion.

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A Saadhu (holy man).

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South Indians performing rituals at Dashashwamedh Ghat.

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Shiva’s ornament Cobra(snake).

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Shiva and Parvati on Mount Kailash with Nandi bull.

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Shaivites wrapped in Shivanami dupatta are going back.

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Crowd of devotees participating in Panchkroshi Yatra ( circumambulatory path).

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Sadhus on Panchkroshi Yatra.

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Devotees (barefoot) marching ahead (to cover 50 miles).

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Enroute visiting Paanchopandava Shrine at Shivpur.

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Pouring milk and Ganges water over Shivalingam.

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A newly built Shiva temple known as Shri Narmadeshwar Mahadev Mandir at Newada (Mangari).

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The ceremony of imparting life to idols.

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The idols ready to be imparted life( Pranapratishtha).

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Yagya ( a religious sacrifice) being performed by Brahmins.

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Marriage procession of Shiva (Shiva Baraat).

What made the city of the permanent abode of Lord Shiva incredible ?

After a gap of 23 years, the festival of Mahashivratri had fallen on Monday, the day of Lord Shiva. Huge influx of devotees, especially youth from the rural belt of city, started from the Sunday evening. The enthusiastic devotees marked the beginning of the celebrations of Lord Shiva’s marriage anniversary.

These devotees had arrived so early to begin Panchkroshi Parikrama (walking on circumambulatory path) before going to Kashi Vishwanath Temple (the main shrine dedicates to Lord Shiva) for darshan (visiting the sacred shrine).

People standing in long que for hours to reach Kashi Vishwanath Temple, witnessed the folk dance of Kannada devotees. The traditional Marathi folk music and dance was the major attraction for the huge gathering of pilgrims. Shiva baraat was carried out from Mahamritunjaya Temple (Maidagin) area in the evening. The Thandai ( special beverage with cannabis sativa) sellers were the busiest traders on the occasion.

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