Lord Shiva devotees throng temples on last Monday of ‘Sawan’

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New Delhi, Aug 20: After fasting for a month, the devotees of Lord Shiva thronged various temples across the country on the auspicious occasion of the last ‘Sawan Somwar’ today.

Uttar Pradesh witnessed the thousands of devotees gathered to offer their prayers on the last Monday of the Hindu holy month of Sawan.

Amid tight security, long serpentine queues were seen at prominent Shiva temples in the state capital, including the Mankameshwar temple on the banks of river Gomti and Gauri Shankar temple at Chandni Chowk.

Similar scenes were witnessed in Kanpur, Agra, Meerut, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Moradabad, Mathura and Ghaziabad.

Special arrangements have been made in the temple for the devotees this month. “Heavy police arrangements have been made to ensure that there is no law and order incident. Drones have been deployed to keep an eye”, the official said.

Morning showers in many parts of the state, including here, did not dampen the spirit of the saffron-robed devotees and kanwariyas carrying waters of the holy Ganges to pour on Shivlings at various places.

Varanasi witnessed the maximum bulk of devotees lined up to pay obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum of the fabled Kashi Vishwanath temple. A large number of pilgrims also took a holy dip at the Dashashwamedh Ghat.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) teams have been deployed along the river-side to keep the surging crowds at bay.

Allahabad, the second holy town in the state also saw a large turnout of Shaivites outside the temples.

The Sawan month will end on 26th August on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

Om Namah Shivay!!


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