Jamshedpur, Aug 3: The usual rush at Shiv temples in the city was missing on the last Monday shrawan in view of spreading corona virus. Devotees paid obeisance maintaining distancing to Lord Shiva on the last Monday of Shravan. ‘Shrawan Somvar’ is considered one of the 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 visited various city temples on the last 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 reasons that motivates lakhs of shiva devotees especially kanwariyas to travel hundreds of kilometres on bare feet and offer prayers at the shiva ‘jyotirlinga’.
Apart from imposing a ban on the entry of heavy vehicles in the 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.