Guwahati : Devotees across Guwahati are thronging Shiva temples to offer prayers to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Mahashivratri.
Long queues of devotees are being seen at various temples since the break of dawn on March 4th, 2019. Devotees were seen offering bel leaves, flowers, fruits, milk, water and honey to Shivling and chant the name of Lord Shiva. The celebrations will continue until the morning of March 5th, 2019.
Scores of devotees were seeing lighting earthen lamps and burning incense sticks at the Sukreswar and Umananda temples in Guwahati.
The Sukreswar temple is an important Shiva temple in Assam and was constructed in 1744 by Ahom King Pramatta Singha. The Umananda Devaloi is a Shiva temple located at the Peacock Island in the middle of river Brahmaputra just opposite the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup or the Kachari Ghat in Guwahati.
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Smoking Marijuana on the Mahashivratri festival is also century old practice. Many devotees also hold a day long fast.
The 55 day long Ardha Kumbh Mela also ends today which has been continuing in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj.