Mismanaged vehicular traffic poses problems for city residents
Ujjain : Lakhs of devotees from across the country and surrounding areas of the region landed up in the city on the occasion of shanishchari and hariyali amavasya on Saturday. The number of devotees who reached here was much more than expected by district administration.
Lakhs took holy dips in river Kshipra and paid obeisance at Shani Mandir at Triveni, Indore Road, while other ‘ghats’ of the river were also seen crowded.
From the evening of Friday devotees began to throng various places in the city. According to information after Simhastha it was a big religious gathering at Triveni. Devotees were seen in huge numbers at Siddhavat and Mangalnath ghat of the river also. Trains coming from nearby areas like Ratlam, Shajapur, Mandsaur, Dewas, Indore and other areas of the states were crowded due to the devotees making their way to Ujjain.
The administration got installed showers to take bath for devotees who were unable to reach the ghat at Triveni. Devotees perform Shani pooja in its various forms at various Shani temples of the city.
Administration remained on alert
Heavy police force was deployed on the banks of river Kshipra, Triveni-based Shani temple, Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple and other sensitive areas of the city to handle any untoward incident.
Crowd throws traffic arrangements out of gear
Heavy crowd of devotees made traffic arrangements totally paralyzed in various areas of the city like Railway station area, Dewasgate bus stand area , Indoregate area, Gadapuliya, Malipura, Rudrasagar area, Harsiddhi temple area, Shri Mahakaleshwar temple area, Topkhana, Naisadak, Chamundamata Square, Nanakheda Bus stand area, Triveni Shani Mandir area, Indore Road, Dewas Road, Agar Road and other areas of old city. Pedestrians and two wheeler riders faced problems due to mismanaged traffic arrangements.
Indore Road was so crowded that vehicles took more than one hour in coming from Tapobhumi to Mahamritunjay dwar.
Saplings planted to mark hariyali amavasya
Various social organisations and schools organised sapling plantation programmes to mark hariyali amavasya. Sant Meera Girls HS School located in Nijatpura organised plantation programme with students and staff of the school. Director Nisha Tripathi addressed the students and inspired them to plant saplings.