Shiva devotees appease the lord as Gupta family hosts grand Mahaprasad on Mahashivratri in Nagpur

Radhika Dhawad and Sharvari Vaidya | Mar 14, 2018 16:20
Photojournalist: Himanshu Pal

All roads led to ‘Ramashray’ on Mahashivratri as Nagpurians poured in to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva during the Mahaprasad hosted by brothers Jaiprakash, Krishna Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Shiv Kumar Gupta.

The Gupta brothers, who reside at Hill Road, have been observing the rituals of ‘rudrabhishek’ along with friends and family and the distribution of mahaprasad since years now. Krishna Kumar Gupta, who first discovered a shivlinga across his home, got a temple constructed there and the family has been celebrating Mahashivratri there with grandeur each year.

Krishna Kumar Gupta said, “I knew there was a shivlinga across my house, which was almost 200 years old. So, I decided to build a temple around it. We faced many difficulties while getting the temple constructed but my mother always wanted us to build a temple at some point of time in our lives. I’m glad that happened.” 

When asked about the two-day festival fever that surrounds Mahashivratri, he quipped, “It’s a great feeling. I feel so content when people seek blessings from Lord Shiva in our temple.”

Mayank Gupta, son of Krishna Kumar Gupta, said, “I just love the positive vibe during Mahashivratri. We eagerly look forward for Mahashivratri as we’re one of the few families in the city who celebrate this occasion with full spirits. It’s a great time for family and friends bonding too. I’m glad I could catch up with my sister Neha who got married last year!

Rahul Gupta, who was busy seen welcoming guests during the mahaprasad, said, “The day is so positive and full of energy. I’m glad our family and friends also look forward for this occasion each year.”