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Mahashivaratri rituals begin at Thousand Pillar temple in Warangal

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Warangal: Elaborate arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of Mahashivaratri festival at historic Thousand Pillar temple in Warangal, Mukteswara temple in Kaleshwaram, Veerabhadra Swamy temple in Kurvavi and other Shaivite temples.

Shivaratri celebrations have commenced at these temples with Suprabhata Puja and other rituals on Monday morning. MLA Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar, Deputy Mayor Sirajoddin and others inaugurated the celebrations at Thousand Pillar temple. Temple authorities said that the devotees would be allowed to have the darshan at the temple from 4 am on Tuesday.

Rudreshwara Kalyanam will be organised on a special platform at 6:40 pm and Rudrabhishekam will be conducted on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. While Ganapathi Puja and Nagavelli are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, Mahannapuja and Annaprasada Vitarana will be conducted on the following day.

Celebrations at the Thousand Pillar temple come to an end with Yagapoornahuthi on Friday, said chief priest Gangu Upendrasharma. He added that Mahashivaratri was being celebrated at the temple for the last six decades.

“This Shivaratri (Tuesday) holds much significance as the idol of Rudreshwara Swamy was installed at the temple on Tuesday by the Kakatiya rulers,” Upendrasharma said.

Meanwhile, all arrangements have been made for the convenience of devotees at Kaleshwara Muktheeshwara temple, located on the banks of River Godavari, in Mahadevpura mandal in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district.

Devotees not only from the State, but also from neighbouring Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha visit the temple in large numbers. The Kalyanam of Muktheswara and Shubananda will be conducted at 4:16 pm on Tuesday.

Temple executive officer (EO) Srinivas said that they had made all arrangements for the convenience of the devotees as lakhs of devotees visit the temple during Shivaratri festivities.

 

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