Patna: Hundreds of thousands of devotees in Patna on Monday observed Mahashivratri by holding fast and offering prayers at several Shiva temples across the state capital.

With heavy security around Mahavir Temple outside Patna Junction and other temples in Patna, married women and young girls made a beeline to offer holy water from the Ganges on Lord Shiva's idols to seek His blessings.

Equipped with flowers, sweets, and incense sticks, the devotees waited for their turn to be led by temple priests who helped them perform the puja and blessed them by applying 'tika' on their foreheads.

Man with a cobra (symbol for Lord Shiva) outside a temple in Patna on Monday.

As always, the biggest attraction of the day was for men and women actually holding live cobra snakes in their hands as a symbol of blessings directly from Lord Shiva. Despite initial apprehensions, young boys and girls were seen holding snakes in their hands and feeding milk to them to mark the holy occasion.

Heavy crowd was also seen at the Panch Shiv Temple in Kankarbagh, Hanuman Temple on Boring Canal road, Khajpura Shiv Temple, Thakurbari Temple in Kadam Kuan, and Shiv Temple on Nala Road, among others.

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