Mahakal Jyotirlingam decked up on Sunday evening. Darshan for devotees will recommence from 6 am on Monday
Mahakal Jyotirlingam decked up on Sunday evening. Darshan for devotees will recommence from 6 am on Monday
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Ujjain: Devotees are all set to get a glimpse of Baba Mahakal on Monday, after 80 days of restrictions imposed in the wake of the second wave of corona.

Their get entry into the Mahakal temple will be subject to the compliance with the Covid-19 protocols,

The, darshan can only be done through online booking or by availing special darshan arrangement by paying a fee of Rs 250.

Devotees’ enthusiasm can be gauged from the fact that the slots for the next two days of pre-booking are already over.

On Sunday, the temple administration reviewed the preparations for the darshan. Due to the work of expansion plan on three sides of the temple, the entry arrangement has been made from Gate Number 4 on the side of Bada Ganesh-Harsiddhi Road.

After having darshan, the devotees will climb the stairs from the premises to exit the premises.

The entrance to the Mahakaleshwar Temple was closed from April 9 owing to the havoc wreaked by the second wave of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown imposed by the administration. During the lockdown, the temple was being opened only for the daily worship of presiding deity and the entry of common devotees was completely restricted. Now with the decline in Covid-19 cases, the administration has lifted the lockdown and with the unlock process life is returning to normal.

Leaving Mahakaleshwar temple, Harsiddhi temple and Mangalnath temple the rest of the temples in the city were opened on June 15. The said temples are all set to open on June 28. Preparations for darshan have been made in all these three temples. As of now the place of entry of the devotees who will avail of the special darshan pass of Rs 250 has not been decided. It is likely that they can be given entry from Gate Number 4.

ARRANGEMENTS

1- Darshan will be held daily from 6 am to 8 pm.

2- Devotee can avail of darshanin two ways: First, pre-booking in which slot-wise booking can be done from the website and app of Mahakaleshwar Temple. In 7 slots, 3,500 people will be admitted in the initial round. The second arrangement is special darshan which requires a payment of fee of Rs 250.

3- Vaccination certificate or report of a RTPCR test taken 48 hours before will be mandatory for availing of both types of darshan.

4- Darshan can be had only through barricading. The entry of devotees in Nandi Griha and Garbhagriha will be strictly prohibited.

5- The entry of devotees in the Bhasmarti and Shayan Aarti will be restricted till further orders.

6- Devotee will have to use masks and sanitizers in the temple.

BHAAT-PUJAN TO RECOMMENCE ON MANGALNATH

Bhaat-pujan, which was closed for the last 80 days due to Covid-19, will resume at the Mangalnath temple from Monday. There will be only 10 pujas in a slot. In the sanctum-sanctorum, there will be 15 worships in an hour. Visitors will have to have darshan from outside the sanctum-sanctorum. On Sunday, SDM issued a guideline for worship. According to this, entry into the temple will be done only after showing the vaccination certificate. Without a mask one will not enter the temple. Entry will be given from 7 am till 3 pm.

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