Ujjain : The temple town of Ujjain witnessed an unbound fervour of faith and devotion spread by the multitudes thronging to catch a glimpse of the deity of Nagchandreshwar on the occasion of Nag Panchmi, here on Sunday. The immense zeal and enthusiasm was worth experiencing as they echoed the city ether with loud chants and visited the ancient idol of Nagchandreshwar presided on the first floor of Mahakaleshwar Temple’s summit amidst tight security.
Faithful from all across the nation and abroad stood in a que to buy Rs 250 darshan receipt from five counters set up outside the temple and seek blessings from the deity for peaceful and prosperous life. Despite intermittent rainfall, thousands of devotees bowed their heads down before the lord. A never ending queue of the devotees was seen outside the Mahakaleshwar Temple. As the entry to the Nagchandreshwar Temple is allowed once in a year on the day of Nag Panchmi, citizens had started queuing up since 8 pm on Saturday. After the in-charge collector Avinash Lavania performed the worship of the deity under the guidance of Mehant Prakash Puri at 12 am on Saturday, the devotees were allowed to visit the lord. Even rain failed to dampen their enormous spirit to meet their beloved deity.
Cabinet minister in Rajasthan Kiran Maheshwari, Mahanirwani Akhara Mahamandleshwar Jamnaprasad, UDA chairman Jagdish Agrawal, principal secretary, energy ICP Kesri, ADGP V Madhukumar and SP MS Verma also visited the deity. It is said that the idol of Nagchandreshwar belongs to Parmar dynasty and was taken from Nepal. Due to security reasons, it was presided in the summit of the temple. Though the Mahakaleshwar Temple was located in the dense forest those days, the doors of Nagchandreshwar temple was opened once in a year on Nag Panchmi. Later it took the shape of a tradition.
Woman hurt, mismanagement irks devotees
A woman devotee was injured in a stampede like situation in the Nagchandreshwar temple, on Sunday. Several devotees who had taken Rs 250 paid darshan receipt failed to have a darshan of the diety due to the situation caused by the seer mismanagement of the administration. Devotee Mamta Kabra of Favvara Chowk sustained injuries and was rushed to hospital. Devotees while expressing their anguish said the temple administration and police department should deploy ample lady cops to ensure smooth darshan to the women and elderly people. There should have a time fixation and separate system of darshan for paid devotees. There was no lady employee deployed at the VIP gate. The stampede like situation took place and it could have taken lives of many devotees. Several devotees also filed complaints of missing their watches, purses and other items. Savita, wife of Bindarlal Bhandari, a resident of Delhi had come to visit the temple with her husband. She lost her husband’s watch. Despit ban on carrying milk in polythene bags in the temple, vendors outside the temple were selling milk in polythene bags on double the rates taking advantage of the administration’s indifference.