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Religious fervour marks Mahashivarathri

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KARWAR, MARCH 8. Mahashivarathri was celebrated with religious fervour and devotion in the pilgrim centres of Gokarna, Murdeshwar, Yana, Sahasralinga, Kumbeshwar, Kavale Cave, Shirwad, Dhareshwar, Gunavante and Banavasi of Uttara Kannada district on Tuesday.

Nearly one lakh devotees offered pujas at these pilgrim centres.

Each one of these pilgrim centres has its significance.

About 20,000 people had the darshan of Atma Linga at Gokarna.

There was a long queue from the beach to the temple since 2 a.m., according to reports reaching here. Thousands of people had a holy dip in the sea and also at Kotiteertha.

Nearly 15,000 devotees offered puja at Murdeshwar and about 3,000 devotees visited Dhareshwar and Shejjashwar temples.

Nearly 10,000 people observed religious rituals in Yaana of Kumta Taluk today.

Two hillocks called Mohini Shikhara and Bhairaveshwara Shikhara, which are solid composition of black crystalline limestone, are the spots of attraction at Yana. In the middle of a cave on the Bhairaveshwar hillock a two-metre Shiv Linga called Bhairaveshwar with water dripping on it is located. People offer puja to Bhairaveshwar after trekking a difficult route.

At the Kavale Cave located opposite the Nagjhari powerhouse near Ambikanagar, Dandeli, nearly 2,000 devotees offered puja.

The beautiful cave complex is located in the middle of a steep rock. One has to trek a difficult path to reach it.

Here a huge Shivalinga like formation called Kavaleshwara is worshiped.

In Sahasralinga near Sirsi, puja is offered to a number of Shivalingas engraved on the rocks along the course of the river Shalmala. A Nandi faces each Linga here.

About 5,000 people offered puja at the Kumbeshwar Temple near Kumta, where Aadishakti is said to have disappeared in a Shivalinga after killing the demon Kumbhasura.

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