Maha Shivaratri: Lakhs of devotees throng Shiva temples across Odisha

Temples decked up for Mahashivratri 2020 in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of Mahashivratri 2020 on Friday, the Shiva temples have been decked up across Odisha as lakhs of devotees would throng to take the blessings of Lord Shiva.

People would visit several shrines including Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar, Loknath in Puri, Dhabaleswar Peeth in Cuttack, Akhandalmani in Bhadrak, Panchalingeswar in Balasore, Chandrasekhar at Kapilas in Dhenkanal, Ladukeshwar in Nayagarh and Gupteshwar in Koraput.

Flowers worth Rs 15 lakh have been used for decorating Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar.

About 20 types of flowers are used for the decoration, said an official of the temple administration.

Special security and parking arrangements are also in place for devotees for Mahashivratri 2020.

Bhubaneswar DCP Anup Sahoo informed that elaborate security arrangements have been made for the Mahashivratri at Lingaraj Temple.

“About 30 platoons forces will be deployed for crowd management as we expect a large number of devotees due to the recent beautification of the temple,” said the DCP.