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Somatirtha Purohit

Shiva temples across Odisha reverberated with the chants of Bol Bom and Har Har Bom today with a large number of devotees thronging the shrines to offer prayers on the last Monday of the holy month of Shravan also known as ‘Sesha Somwaar’.

The devotees offered milk, water and 'bel' leaves to the almighty on the auspicious occasion. The holy month began on July 14.

Like every year during the auspicious month, many Shiva devotees visited Lokanath temple in Puri, Dhabaleswar temple in Athagarh, Kapilash temple in Dhenkanal, Gupteswar temple in Koraput and Harishankar temple in Bolangir.

As per the belief, wishes get fulfilled by offering prayers to Lord Shiva on Shravan Somvars. Devotees also observed fast to seek blessings of the God.

Keeping the rush in mind, the administrative officials of different temples made necessary arrangements to ensure smooth movement of the devotees amid the surge in Covid-19 cases in the State.

As per reports, adequate police and administrative arrangements have been put in place to ensure smooth darshan of devotees at major Shiva shrines across the State.

“I have been coming to the Dhabaleshwar shrine since 2013. My whole family has immense faith in Lord Shiva” a devotee said. 

On being asked about the pain caused due to injuries during the yatra, he said, “It is hard, but we feel relieved after offering the water to the Lord.”

Every year in the month of Shravan, Kanwariyas start their journey in groups after picking up water in small pots from various rivers and walk miles barefooted before offering the water to Lord Shiva.

All the Shiva temples across the State witnessed a huge rush as the Bol Bam yatra was observed following two years of hiatus due to Covid-19 imposed restrictions. 

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