Hundreds of Shiva devotees throng Lingaraj Mandir

Bhubaneswar: Today is the second Somwar (Monday) of Shravan month as per Biraja calendar. Saffron-clad ‘kaudias’ (Shiva devotees) carrying pots on their shoulders thronged the Lingaraj temple in the city and other Shiva shrines in the State to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva.

The devotees were seen standing in a serpentine queue holding water vessels to pour it over Lord Shiva. They had fetched water from the various rivers of the State. Devotees mostly prefer Gadagadia Ghat by the Mahanadi in Cuttack to collect water for the purpose.

As a huge number of devotees flocked to the 11th-century shrine this time, the city administration had set up barricades in front of the temple to control the crowd.

Devotees from various coastal districts such as Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Kendrapara come to the shrine during this month every year. Sometimes, devotees cover a distance of more than 100 km on foot, chanting “bol bam” all the way, to reach the temple on this particular day.