Indore: Mahashivratri festivities begin in city

Indore: Significance of Mahashivratri has increased manifold as it falls on Monday, which is happening after 10 years. The festival will be marked by ‘rudra abhishek’, re-creation of wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in temples.

The pre-wedding celebrations began in temples on Sunday. The rituals began with applying turmeric and henna to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati’s idol.

“The festival signifies ‘overcoming darkness and ignorance’ in life and world,” devotee Archana Girdhari said. “We remember Shiva, chant prayers, fast and meditate, which helps us in gaining control over our body and mind,” engineer Jay Sharma said. He said meditation helps in developing qualities with which Lord Shiva is associated. “Virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, non-injury to others, forgiveness and discovery of Shiva, that is, nothingness are essential,” Sharma added.

Pre-wedding celebrations were held in Mankamneshwar Temple, Navlakha, Shri Gendeshwar Dwadash Jyotirling Mandir in Pardeshipura, Gopeshwar Mahadev Shiv Mandir, New Siyaganj and Khajrana temple. Many will visit Omkareshwar and Mahakal temple in Ujjain on the occasion. “Though it is difficult to get even glimpse of Lord Mahakal on Mahashivratri, trip to Ujjain qualifies us to get blessings from Shiva,” marketing professional Vikram Dadhich said.

arrangements made for traffic diversion

City police have made arrangements for parking of vehicles for devotees and visitors at Lord Shiva’s temple in Devguradiya in view of Mahashivratri festival to be celebrated on Monday.

According to police, visitors coming from Nemawar can park vehicles in temporary parking in Mansarovar Colony opposite petrol pump. Visitors coming from Kampel Road can park vehicles in parking space situated on right side of Devguradiya temple while the devotees visiting temple from city can park vehicles in trenching ground and Mansarovar Colony. The police have diverted route for heavy vehicles and buses. The heavy and light vehicles including buses can go to Nemawar Road via Nayta Mundla, Sanawadiya, Double Chowki. The diversion plan, which came into effect from 7 pm on Sunday will continue till Monday late evening.

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