Ujjain: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Pradesh Congress Committee’s election campaign committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia shared a venue for few minutes, but neither did they face each other nor did they jointly perform pujan of the Lord Mahakal’s replica here on Monday.
This coincidence kept the political pundits amused as both the leaders are facing each other in the State Assembly Elections-2018. It was for the first time that both were in Ujjain in connection with the fourth Shravan month procession of Lord Mahakal. It was also a coincidence that the CM, who was scheduled to arrive on last Monday (August 13) to participate in the third procession failed to arrive while Scindia who use to come on Shahi Sawari (this year it will be taken out on September 3) advanced his programme and arrived to participate in fourth procession.
CM along with wife and sons arrived from Bhopal in the afternoon at about 1.30 pm and left for Indore at about 8 pm. They performed pujan-abhishek at the garbh-grih of Mahakaleshwar Temple and the traditional worship of the Lord Mahakal’s replica before start of the procession and remained barefoot in the procession throughout.
It was a coincident that when the procession was crossing Kaharwadi at about 4.30 pm, small downpours started which led to great enthusiasm among the devotees who thronged in large numbers as it was the last Monday of Shravan month. During last three processions, the sky remained open and instead of Rain God, Sun God welcomed the procession. Medium downpours led to water logging situation in the entire route of procession, but people were seen enjoying the proceedings.
On the other hand, Scindia reached at the Gopal Mandir at about 6.40 pm from Delhi via Indore. He straightway went in the temple to perform pujan there. At that time the Lord Mahakal’s palanquin was in Chhatri Chowk area and CM was escorting it. CM and his wife paid respect at the Gopal Mandir, but from outside only as Scindia was performing pujan there. When Scindia came outside on road, CM already left from there and Scindia performed customary worship of the Lord Mahakal’s replica. He also accompanied the procession for about 15 minutes and then left to Delhi via Indore. It was coincidence that when the palanquin reached at the Gopal Mandir, small downpours welcomed the procession with zeal and fervour.