In 2019, Mahashivaratri to be celebrated on March 4. The Lingaraj temple administration in Bhubaneswar fixed the timing of Mahadeep as well as other rituals for the auspicious occasion.
The temple servitors have decided at a meeting for the celebration of Maha Shivaratri at the centuries-old Shiva shrine in Old city of Bhubaneswar. The ‘Mahadeep’ will be raised atop the temple at 10.00 pm.
The temple administration in meeting discussed for smooth conduct of the special rituals of Lord Shiva on Maha Shivaratri to be observed on March 4.
As per information published in a leading daily provided by the Lingaraj temple office, the temple will be opened after 2.30 am on March 3 night. The ‘Mangal Arati’ and Abakash will be conducted at 3.00 am. The ‘Shahanmela’ darshan will continue till 10.30 am since morning on Maha Shivaratri. The shrine will remain open for the devotees for darshan from 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm and from 10.00 pm to 11.00 pm after Mahadeep.
As the rituals were delayed last year, the temple administration stressed for conducting the rituals timely on an auspicious day.
The final decision will be taken at a meeting chaired by the district collector, the temple administration said.