Lord Shiva temple across the city wore a festive look on Thursday to mark the last day of Shravan holiest month of the Hindu calendar. The city also witnessed various events organised by temples and mandals.
The number of devotees visiting Shiva temples to offer prayers kept increasing as the day went along. Special events and attractions at the temple is also believed to be the reason for the huge turnout.
Speaking to dna, priest of Achleshwar Mahadev temple in Ranip, Govind Maharaj said: “It was like a mela (fair). To mark the last day, we organised raas garba, satyanarayan katha and daayro event.”
Similarly, a huge shivling made of ice was kept on display at Paldi which became an eye candy for the devotees. The shivling was made using 160 litres of milk that was frozen in an ice factory.
Speaking to dna, one of the members of Pankaj Mitr Mandal at Paldi, Atul Shah said, “We have tried to create a replica of Amarnath with this huge shivling surrounded by ice slabs.”
Bhalkeshwar Mahadev trust in Khokhra organised a Mahadev yatra while a shodashopchara mahapooja, which was attended by hundreds of devotees, was organised by Shree Swaminarayan Mandir (Kumkum), Maninagar.
With the end of Shravan, temples and devotees will now start preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi.