Devotees turnout remains low still plan not changed
Ujjain : Turn out of devotees was very less than as expected by officials on Mahashivratri still police and administration did not change the arrangement plan of Mahakaleshwar temple which was chalked out according to lakhs of devotees.
Till night not more than 40,000 devotees paid obeisance to Lord Mahakal, but chalked out plan was not changed by officials it forced devotees to move for kilometres unnecessary in the installed barricades. Officials had anticipated that around 20,000 devotees per hour will come for Darshan, but turnout was very less primarily due to two reasons first was terror threat and other was due to ongoing season of school and college examinations. Utter chaos prevailed at shoe counters on which ADGP (Security) Sarabjit Singh also expressed his concerns and informed Free Press that we need to find some concrete solution of the problem otherwise it will become great challenge to manage footwear of devotees during Simhastha-2016.
On seeing less number of devotees police officials got engaged in making their arrangement huge success by taking the advantage of the situation. Rules of years old tradition of Government Pujan which has been continuing from the era of Scindias were also broken by the senior police officials. According to the set tradition, collector and tehsildaar sit in the Pujan, but at the place of sitting in Pujan they were seen busy in doing protocol duties. Every laid rule was flouted openly and several VIP passes were also issued by temple committee including vehicle passes. Green carpet was laid for VIP’s, but there was no arrangement for common devotees in the campus and they were seen moving on bare foots on the hot floor. Pilgrims got frustrated as the Makahak Annakshetra was closed without any notice, though the temple management distributed one laddoo each to the devotee.