Bhubaneswar: Scores of devotees thronged different Shiva Pithas and Shiva Temples across the state on the first Monday in the holy month of ‘Shravan’.
The major Shiva shrines including Lingraj temple in Bhubneswar, Puri Loknath temple, and Kapilas in Dhenkanal district witnessed foot-fall of devotees.
The number of ‘Bol Bom’ devotees who usually turn up in huge crowd went a notch down because of the partial lunar eclipse that occurred on the 16 and 17 July 2019.
Offering special prayers with pouring holy water on Lord Shiva during Shravan month is called Kaudia Jatra or Bol Bam Jatra or Kanwar Yatra.
In the morning, the devotees after walking a long distance were standing in a long queue at the shrines to pour water brought from holy rivers in a container (made of clay or brass or copper) attached to a bamboo stick decorated with several accessories assumed to be adorable to the Lord. The special prayer and offerings paid to the Lord during the holy month of Shravan are believed to bring great results for the devotees. The women devotees were also found standing in the queue to offer prayer on the first Monday of Shravan month.
As the Shravan Yatra is an annual ritual, concerned district administrations and temple authorities have made adequate arrangements in order to control the crowd.