Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 5: Devotees thronged Shiva temples across Kerala, offered worship and performed special poojas in connection with the Hindu festival, Maha Shivaratri, which was celebrated with zeal and religious fervour on Monday.
Major Shiva temples including Sree Kandeswara and Kushakkod Shiva temples here, Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur, Maha Deva Temple at Vaikom and Shiva temple at Ettumanur in Kottayam, Ernakulam Shiva Temple have witnessed heavy rush from early this morning.
Meanwhile, thousands of devotees offered 'Bali Tharpanam' to the departed souls of their ancestors on the banks of Periyar River at Aluva Shiva temple in Ernakulam District, Parasurama temple at Thiruvallam here and Thirunelly temple in Wayanad.
Travancore Devaswom Board has made elaborate arrangements for 'Bali Tarpanam' on the banks of rivers to perform the ritual and hundreds of priests have been deployed to assist devotees.
Performing the ritual on the midnight of Shivaratri is considered auspicious by the devotees. Several hundreds of police personnel were deployed to take care of the security situation. Cultural programmes are also being organised in many temples as part of Maha Shivaratri. UNI