Maha Shivaratri festival was celebrated with religious fervour and devotion in the district on Friday. Special pujas and prayers at many temples marked the occasion.
At Sri Trinayaneshwara Swamy temple at the palace premises, special puja began at 4am. The deity adorned a 11kg golden mask which was handed over by the Mysuru Palace Board to the temple authorities for the festival which was witnessed by hundreds of devotees.
Mysuru royal family member Pramoda Devi Wadiyar visited the temple and participated in the special puja.
The members of Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, who organised an expo at Maharaja College Ground, explained the importance of Shivaratri festival to the people. They had installed replicas of 12 jyotirlingas and 40-foot tall Amaranath cave.
Suttur Mutt seer Shivaratri Deshikendra swami also held various pujas at the mutt premises and later JSS students participated in various cultural programmes.
At Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamy Ashram, various religious programs were held from early morning. Special pujas like Maha Ganapathi homa, Rudra homa, mass prayer were held under the guidance of Sachchidananda swami.
Thousands of devotees visited Male Mahadeshwara Swamy temple atop MM Hills in Chamarajanagar district and participated in religious programmes which were conducted all through the night. Car festival was organised where the chariot carrying deity was pulled by the devotees.