Ujjain: Raksha Bandhan was celebrated across the city with traditional zeal and fervour on Sunday. City dwellers were seen engrossed in festive fervour since morning as it was for the first time after four years that the Raksha Bandhan was unaffected from ‘Bhadrakaal’ which is considered to be inauspicious.
First rakhi was tied to the Mahakal Jyotirlingam in wee hours during bhasmaarti at the Mahakaleshwar Temple. Thousands of devotees from across the country thronged here to witness the event. On the occasion a special bhog of 1.25 lakh laddoos was also offered to the presiding deity.
Brahmin priests and tirth purohits performed ‘Kshavani Upakram’ in which they changed their ‘janeu’ (the holy thread they wear). The rituals like hemadri snan, saptrishi pujan, etc, were performed at the main bathing ghats of rive Kshipra including Ram Ghat and Siddhvat. Swami Ranganathacharya, Swami Madhav Prapannacharya, Dinesh Guru, Surendra Chaturvedi, Dwarkesh Vyas were among those present. Rakshabandhan festival was celebrated at Bada Ganesh Mandir located in Mahakal area and 3.5-feet-long Rakhi was tied on the hand of huge idol of Lord Ganesha under the guidance of Pt Anand Shankar Vyas.
Likewise, women devotees who came from Mandsaur, Godhra, Surat, Ahmedabad, Gondal, Rajkot, Kanpur and other places tied rakhi on the wrists of their brothers during a programme arranged at Maun Tirth, Ganga Ghat. Saint Suman Bhai was also present.
NABARAD general manager (Bhopal) SK Bansal who reached in the city on Sunday visited Bhairavgarh located boutique printing factory where women displayed their products. During a programme hosted by Arunoday Sarveshwari Lok Kalyan Sanstha, the Muslim women tied rachis on the wrist of Bansal. Prominent among those present included Deepak Ghorpade, Dharmraj Singh Hirawat, Prashant Rathi, Piyush Acharya and Shaielndra Vyas.