Chennai: On Maha Sivarathri today, devotees thronged temples of Lord Siva across Tamilnadu, where special prayers were performed.
Devotees were allowed inside the temples by following Covid regulations. Meanwhile, on Maha Sivarathri today, lakhs of devotees gathered at the banks of the river Ganga in Haridwar to take a holy dip on the auspicious first Shahi Snan day.
“Up to 22 lakh devotees have performed the ‘snan’ till now. We are going to begin the process of emptying this ghat (Har Ki Pauri) as ‘akharas’ are getting ready for ‘shahi snan’,” Sanjay Gunjyal, Inspector General of police (Kumbh Mela) in Haridwar, said.
At the Har ki Pauri ghat, sadhus from the akharas can bathe from 8 AM to 5 PM on Maha Shivratri. Other devotees can take a holy dip in the Ganga before 8 AM and after 5 PM.
Greeting people today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweetd, “Greetings on the special occasion of Mahashivratri. Har Har Mahadev!”