Ujjain: The felicitation ceremony for the successful conduct of the ‘Shaiv Mahotsav’ organised by Mahakaleshwar Temple Management Committee (MTMC) was held on Thursday. Chief Guest of the ceremony was Energy Minister Paras Jain. Central Simhastha Fair Organising Committee Chairman and Shaiv Mahotsav organising committee chairman, Makhan Singh presided over the programme.
Jain said officers and workers who were given responsibilities in the Shaiv Mahotsav worked with complete sincerity and integrity. The Shaiv Mahotsav succeeded with the blessing of Lord Mahakal, he added. Makhan Singh said the city was witness to the successful Shaiv Mahotsav.
Divisional Commissioner MB Ojha said the Shaiv Mahotsav was a unique festival in which a congregation of twelve Jyotirlingas of the country took place and it certainly was a privilege for the city. Collector Sanket Bhondve gave the welcome speech and said the Shaiv Mahotsav was successful because of everyone’s efforts. SP Sachin Atulkar said various small and big programmes were organised in the city and police department was responsible for the security of all VIPs and people involved in the event.
Sub-committee conveners Rajeev Pahwa, Pt Sanjay Pujari, Mukesh Joshi, Anandilal Joshi, Shriram Tiwari, Rajshri Joshi, Nirukt Bhargava, Dr Vimal Garg, Ramchandra Korat, Vivek Joshi, Vasu Keswani and Kapil Kataria shared their experiences on their responsibilities during the Shaiv Mahotsav. The programme began with lamp lighting ceremony by the guests. On this occasion, the Batukas of Ved Vidya Pratishthan, run by MTMC took a ‘swastivachan’. At the end of the programme, the coordinators and in-charge officers of the sub-committees were honoured with a shawl, scroll and Lord Mahakal’s ‘prasad’. The guests also honoured MTMC administrator and additional Collector Avadhesh Sharma.
‘Chhabina Shringar’of Lord Mahakal
On the fourth day of Shivnavratri on Thursday, Lord Mahakal adorned the ‘chhabina shringar’. After the rituals of the Shivnavratri, the Lord adorned new clothes. On the fifth day on Friday, the devotees will see Lord Mahakal wearing a Holkar Mask.