Baripada, Feb 12 (LocalWire):A large number of devotees thronged at the Hingula Peetha in the Mayurbhanj district to offer their prayers to goddess Hingula.
The four-day long Hingula mela or fare concluded on Tuesday.
Earlier, the mela used to be only a day long procession.
The devotees usually come from various districts like Balasore, Keonjhar, Kendrapada, Ganjam, Bhadrak in Odisha and from the neighbouring states of West Bengal and Jharkhand.
Nearly seven lakh devotees have visited the temple in the last three days. Many children were tonsured at the temple in a separate mandap. The entire temple vibrated with the chanting of the mantras by the priests.
The temple priest Bidyanath Das told LocalWire how the devotees offered bhog to the goddess which was later put into a big pit called the Havan Kund.
“It has been traditionally observed that the devotees never take back the bhog.
They cannot even look back at the Havan Kund,” the priest added. He also mentioned how a day-long procession was always a hassle due to overcrowding in the temple.
The priest said there is popular believe if they bring straw and bamboo from the roofs of their huts and put them in the Havan Kund, the deity will save their huts from catching fire.
The district administration along with the police had made an elaborate arrangement for the devotees which including a medical and a fire fighter camp.
Edited by Meenal Singh