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Ujjain: Lord Mahakal’s Shahi Sawari taken out amid fanfare


Ujjain: Thousands of devotees savoured Lord Mahakal’s look on the occasion of his sixth and last traditional procession in the series of Shravan-Bhadav month processions on Monday. Citizens filled the procession route with flowers for the Lord Mahakal and sought his blessings.

The palanquin of the Lord Mahakal took about 6 hours to cover a distance of about 7 km. An estimated 3 to 5 lakh people thronged Ujjain to witness the city’s biggest event of the year. Before the start of the procession at 4 pm from Mahakaleshwar Temple, customary pujan of Lord Chandramauleshwar was performed by energy minister Paras Jain, Central Simhastha Fair Organising Committee chairman Makhan Singh Chouhan, divisional commissioner MB Ojha, IG Rakesh Gupta, collector Manish Singh, SP Sachin Atulkar and UDA chairman Jagdish Agarwal at the Mahakal Mandapam. After performing rituals they launched the procession by holding the Lord’s palanquin on their shoulders.

Lord Chandramauleshwar was sitting in silver palanquin along with Manmahesh on elephant, Shiv Tandav idol standing on Garud ratha and Uma-Mahesh on nandi ratha, Holkar state mask on dol-ratha and Sapttadhan replica on ratha incorporated in the procession.Thousands of devotees sought his blessings during the spiritual and breathtaking view of procession.

Police officers gave a guard of honour to the lord Mahakaleshwar at the temple’s gate. The Atmosphere of the whole route of procession got immersed in Shiv bhakti as police horses, special armed force, Scouts and Guide, Congress Seva Dal, several musical bands and more than 64 bhajan mandalis marched ahead of the palanquin.

Procession followed the route of Gudri Chouraha, Bakshi Bazaar, Kaharwadi and reached Ramghat where abhishek and other traditional rituals were performed using sacred water of river Kshipra. After the prayers procession moved through Kartik Chowk, Dani Gate, Gopal Mandir, Gudri Chouraha before returning to the temple premises at about 9.45 pm.

City Administration had made prompt arrangements for the royal procession. Collector Singh and SP Atulkar had inspected the whole procession route. Ambulances were placed at 7 places for contingencies. PA systems were installed at 16 places for public information. MP jan-abhiyan parishad vice-chairman Pradeep Pandey, Indore high court judge JK Maheshwari, DJ RK Vani, ex-MLA Rajendra Bharati, DIG Raman Singh Sikarwar, Mahakaleshwar temple management committee members Vibhash Upadhyaya, Pt Pradeep Pujari and Jagdish Shukla and several other officials participated in the procession.

 Lord Mahakal greets Lord Krishna on his birthday

Rare religious occasion was witnessed on Monday. City had celebrated Janmashtami and Shahi procession on the same day. During royal procession, at 9 pm, Lord Mahakal seated in palanquin reached ancient Gopal Mandir and greeted the Lord Krishna on his birthday. Police band recited the Krishna aarti music on the occasion. Thousands of devotees witnessed this rare religious event. Peopled dressed up in colourful attires, dancing youths and women added glory to the procession.

Police avert major incident

Stampede like situation arose near Kot Mohalla, during the royal procession, while the Lord’s palanquin was marching on the Mahakal Ghati road. Eye witnesses informed that women, children and elders waiting on the daises on both sides of the roads to see procession, but suddenly panic prevailed as one of daises collapsed. However, police controlled the situation promptly. Barring this incident, this year’s royal procession was taken out without any untoward incident.

 Bhasma-Aarti schedule changed

Mahakaleshwar temple management committee administrator Abhishek Dubey informed that bhasmaarti timings have been changed from present timing of 3 am to 5 am. New timings will be 4 am to 6 am.