Ujjain: On the second day of Mahashivaratri, Lord Mahakal adorned the ‘sehra’ (head gear) look early in the morning and was worshipped by a large number of devotees. The head gear was made of 125 kg of flowers and the deity wore the look till 11.30 am, after which ‘bhasm’ was offered to the Lord. The doors of the temple remained open for 44 hours continuously.
The devotion of people towards Lord Mahakal was seen as people sang ‘bhajans’ and hymns throughout the night. The Lord was bathed in the juice of more than two dozen fruits and was decorated with ‘manak’, pearls and a silver moon. A dold ‘chhatra’ and silver coins were also offered. For the afternoon ‘bhasm arti’, the Nandi Mandapam was vacated by 11 am. Many devotees kept waiting outside the temple to get a glimpse of Lord. They were allowed to enter the temple at 2 pm after the ‘bhasm arti’.
During the Bhasm arti, collector Sanket Bhondve and Dewas collector Ashish Singh along with their wives paid obeisance from the Kartikey mandapam. He also assessed arrangements in the temple and gave necessary instructions to the officers. The Shivnavratri which began from February 5, ended after the ‘bhog arti’ and ‘Brahmin bhoj’. On Saturday, two days after the festival of Mahashivratri, Lord Mahakal will be seen in “Panchmukharvind” form when He will be decorated with five masks. This happens only once in a year.