Mahadev fervor runs high among Hindu faithful

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Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, July 29:
Chanting ‘Bole Bam’ and ‘Har Har Mahadev ‘thousands of Hindu faiths on Sunday paid pilgrimage to the city’s ancient temple ‘Maha Dev Khola’ and marched towards Mawsynram, where the Hindu faithful believe to have a ‘big shiv linga ‘ formed of the water drops from the ceiling of the cave.
Thousands of Hindu faithful on Sunday marched the 64 km walk from Shillong to Mawsynram, dressed in saffron most of them said, “Lord Shiva is the most powerful of all the deities. He is the samharak (ultimate destroyer) of srishti (creation) and he fulfils everyone’s wishes.”
Mawsynram attracts most of the tourists as the ‘Shiv linga’ situated there is naturally carved within the cave.
“And the journey makes it more remarkable and historic,” a Hindu faithful from Assam said who had joined the journey.
The pilgrimage is normally undertaken in the month of July and August (Shravan) to pay obeisance at the cave-the abode of Lord Shiva.
Hindus believe that it that on Shravan day, Lord Shiva narrated Amar Katha (the secrets of the cosmos) to his consort goddess Parvati, the beautiful daughter of the Himalayas. As Parvati fell asleep during the discourse, two pigeons heard Lord Shiva’s story and attained immortality.


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