Bhubaneswar: Hindu devotees are celebrating the festival of Maha Shivaratri with traditional religious fervour across Odisha today.

On this occasion around lakh of devotees thronged to Lingaraj temple early morning today, soon after special rituals began to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva on the auspicious occasion.

Puri: On the auspicious occasion of Maha Shiv Ratri, International Sand Artist Manas Kumar Sahoo seeks the blessings of Lord Shiva through his Sand Art on the Golden Sea Beach, near Lighthouse, Baliapanda, Puri.

The artist has created a sand sculpture of Lord Shiva which is 15 ft wide & has used 15 tonnes of sand to make it. Not only that, but he also wants to spread a message which says “Come let us light a lamp to enlighten Humanity” embedded on the sand.