THANE: Shiva temples witnessed huge crowds as it was the first Monday of the auspicious month of Shravan. Devotees were seen thronging temples with elaborately prepared puja thalis.
The first Monday of Shravan is known as Shravani Somwar. resulting in the crowd intensifying at each of the temples across the city.

“My family and I visited a Lokpuram-based temple, which its known for its Shivling. We visited the place at 10am and it was very crowded. So we decided to go home and do the puja. However, in the afternoon we visited the temple again and the crowd decreased. So, we managed to offer prayers to the lord. As an offering, we give a fistful of rice along with powder, milk, bael leaves, white flowers and water. We pray for the well-being of our family,” said Vartak Nagar resident Kameshwari Kulkarni.

Speaking about the significance of this day, Naupada resident Sayli Koli said, “Shravan is the most auspicious season for us and we worship Lord Shiva during this month. All four Mondays during this month are very auspicious and we observe them by offering different types of grains each Monday to Shivling. While we offer rice on the first Monday, moong dal, til and jowar are offered on the other ones.”

With devotees flooding temples, authorities had to beef up security during these days. “We witness thousands of devotees every Monday. So we have not only taken the help of volunteers and scout guide students, but we have also informed the police to help out.We have also ensured that there is enough drinking water. Senior citizens and physical challenged people are allowed to go straight inside,” said Ravindra Utekar, secretary of city based Kopineshwar Mandir trust.

While most citizens flocked to temples, a few others conducted pujas in their homes. “We have a small Shiva temple in our home. So we conduct puja here itself. We also observe a fast during which we do not eat onions, or meat,” said Sangita Sukhi, a Waghbil resident.

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