Ujjain: Mahashivratri will be celebrated at the Mahakaleshwar temple today. Temple gates will open at 2 am on Tuesday for ‘bhasmarti’ and remain open till 11 pm on Wednesday. This happens only once in a year, during the ‘mahashivratri’, when the temple remains open for nearly 45 hours at a stretch.
On Tuesday, devotees can catch a glimpse of Lord Mahakal from 4 am. On Wednesday, ‘bhasmarti’ will be performed in the afternoon. This is also a yearly event when ‘bhasmarti’ is done in the afternoon. Various arrangements have been made by the administration so that a maximum number of devotees can worship the Lord without any hindrance. Devotees will enter the temple in two queues. These queues will be formed till Nandi mandapam, so that a devotee does not have to wait long hours to pray to the Lord. Around 2 lakh devotees are expected to visit Mahakaleshwar Temple in 45 hours.
Divisional Commissioner MB Ojha, ADGP V Madhukumar, collector Sanket Bhondve, DIG Raman Singh Sikarwar and SP Sachin Atulkar assessed worship arrangements in the temple on Monday. In the evening, collector and SP again inspected the areas from Mahakaleshwar Temple main gate to Madhav Seva Nyas parking, main entrance gate, shankh dwar, facilitation centre, marble corridor and meeting hall from the Control room and instructed the concerned officials. The collector gave orders to install boards at different places for directions and parking. Publicity of parking arrangements should be done, so that there is no inconvenience in traffic arrangements on the day of Mahashivaratri, the collector said.
Special control rooms will be built on the railway station and the bus station in which first aid kits, other essential medicines, stretchers, wheelchairs and medical staff will be deployed. A mike system will also be installed in the control room. Arrangements of drinking water and temporary toilets will also done at different places.
The Mahakaleshwar Temple area was marked ‘a no vehicle zone’ from Monday evening. This will continue till Wednesday evening. The police force also took control of the region on Monday evening. More than 1000 policemen have been deployed in the temple as well as nearby areas and be on duty for 48 hours.
The collector and other officers will remain in the control room outside and keep an eye on the whole situation. The officers and special duty officers who have been deployed have been given special ID cards by the committee. This time, the administration has increased shelter and other resources. CCTVs have also been installed at different places. For pregnant ladies, CDPO and Anganwadi workers have been deployed as assistants. In the health centers near the temple, ambulance, doctors and nurses of the health department have been deployed. A team of emergency doctors will also be present in the control room.
The collector informed that 15 e-rickshaws will also be available to take devotees to and fro. This service will be completely free. A lost and found center has been built near Begum Baag. Thick and wide red carpets are placed on all major roads around the temple. The collector appealed o all the officers to maintain their calm on the day of Mahashivaratri, even though there will be a lot of pressure and stress on officers and staff posted on duty.
Shiv Tandav Shringar
On the eighth day of Shivnavratri on Monday, Lord Mahakal adorned the Shiv Tandav Shringar look. On the ninth and last day, that is today, the Lord will be attired as a groom.
Police inspects city hotels
Following the SP’s directions, the police inspected several hotels of the city. This was done in lieu of Mahashivratri security arrangements. The SP had received complaints that many hotel owners were allotting rooms to people without demanding any id. The police checked t registers in the hotel and also searched the people staying the hotels. According the TI MS Parmar, this checking will continue till Wednesday as many people are expected to come to city during Shivratri. Safety has to be ensured, he added.