Jamshedpur: Monday, regarded as one of the most auspicious days during Shrawan, saw hordes of people thronging various Lord Shiva temples in city. People, ready with milk and ‘belpatra’ offerings for Rudrabhishek, were seen temples.
The shopkeepers near these temples also saw an increase in sale devotees came to buy ‘prasad’, flowers and milk.
Businessman Mahesh Sharma, said that he gets internal strength when he worships Lord Shiva during Shrawan. “I believe observing fasts on all Mondays of the month gets me all I desire,” he said.
‘Shrawan Somvar’ is considered one of the most holiest at all the Shiv temples and thousands of devotees were seen in long queues to offer ‘bel patri’ and milk to the Lord.
Devotees in large numbers thronged various city temples on the third Monday of ‘shrawan’. The temples reverberated with the chants of ‘bam bam bhole’ and ‘har har mahadev’.
The devotees offered milk, honey, sandalwood paste and leaves of wood apple on ‘shivalingas’. A large number of ‘kanwariyas’ also gathered at shiva temples to offer holy water.
Noted astrologer Kalyan Mishra says, “it is said that lord Shiva showers blessings on all those who remember him with true heart. This is one of the reason that motivates lakhs of shiva devotees especially kanwariyas to travel hundreds of kilometres on bare foot and offer prayers at the shiva ‘jyotirlinga’.
Apart from imposing ban on the entry of heavy vehicles in city area the men in khaki strictly imposed the traffic diversions inside the city. Tight security arrangements were made near all the prominent temples Ravindranath Chaturvedi, a priest, said the month of monsoon is considered to be very sacred for Hindu devotees.
‘Kanwarias’ aged from eight to eighty years had lined up at the streets leading to the famed temple for the treasured ‘darshan’. Unprecedented security arrangements were made.
The district administration and voluntary organisation, as in the past, have made elaborate arrangements for fooding, lodging and medical care of the devotees.