Telugu states celebrate Maha Shivratri with gaiety

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh celebrated Maha Shivaratri with fervour and gaiety on Tuesday.

Devotees thronged Shiva temples in both the Telugu states since morning. They offered Rudrabhishekha and participated in special puja. They also took holy dip in rivers and ponds.

Large number of devotees paid obeisance at Vemulawada Rajarajeshwara Swamy temple in Telangana's Rajanna Sircilla district. Minister for Endowments Indrakaran Reddy and minister for Backward Classes Welfare Gangula Kamalakar offered silk clothes to the deity on behalf of the state government.

Devotees lined up at Komuravelli Mallanna temple in Siddipet district since early hours of the day. A procession was also taken out on the occasion. Maha Shivaratri celebrations were also held at Keesara temple in Medchal Malkajgiri.

In Andhra Pradesh, the biggest celebration was held at Srisailam temple in Kurnool district. Thousands of devotees were lined up at the hill shrine since early Tuesday.

Devotees stood in long queues for darshan at Mallikarjuna Swamy temple. For free darshan, the devote