Deoghar gears up for a grand Shiva Baaraat on Shivaratri this year

Deoghar: The City of Temples is gearing up for a grand Shivaratri celebrations this year. Artists are busy creating displays for the famous annual Shiva-baaraat (the marriage procession of Lord Shiva).

Dusk View of Baba Mandir at Deoghar

Dusk View of Baba Mandir at Deoghar

The theme of this year’s baaraat would be Twinkle Virus. Electrical decorations would add further glamour to the show. The Shivaratri falls on February 17, this year.

The District Administration has also geared up for its role in maintaining peace during the festival. Several Lakhs of people from adjoining areas visit the temple for Puja and in equally large numbers to witness the Shiva-baaraat at night.

Over 500 cops of JAP have been called in for this purpose, apart from District Police. Entry of heavy vehicles would be completely prohibited into the city since February 16. On February 17, all vehicles would be prohibited after 2PM, into major areas.

The Shiv Baraat would originate from KK Stadium in the evening. It would pass through different locations before reaching Baidyanath temple, where the ritual of solemnising the marriage between Shiva and Parvati would be performed by Priests.

Shivaratri is celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is the day Shiva was married to Goddess Parvati. It is celebrated all across the country, apart from several foreign countries like Trinidad & Tobago, Nepal and Mauritius.