Ujjain: Lord Mahakal blessed his devotees in his sehara (headgear) look on Tuesday. The devotees drenched in Shiv Bhakti were overwhelmed to witness the fascinating look of lord Shiva. The long queues devotees were seen in the temple premises.
Devotee fainted after being manhandled
A devotee who came from Mumbai fainted in the temple premises. On regaining senses he alleged that he was beaten by security personnel. The devotee was rushed to hospital for treatment by the MTMC.
Bhasmarti performed in noon
The bhasmarti was performed in noon at 12.00 instead of its regular schedule. On this occasion hundreds of devotees in Nandi hall were present. Commissioner Ajeet Kumar, IG Rakesh Gupta, DIG Anil Sharma, collector Shashank Mishra and SP Sachin Atulkar were also present in Kartikey mandapam of the temple.
Commoners not allowed till 2 pm
The administration vacated the premises much early in the morning for ‘bhasmarti’. The entries for commoners were not allowed till 2pm which caused irritation of the devotees who came to the temple to get a glimpse of their patron god.
Restriction on general entries from 9am to 2pm landed the devotees in trouble for 5 hours in which elderly persons, women and children were involved. During this period devotees spilled on road and viewed Mahakal on LED. However the administration claimed to adopt all the measures to make easy entries of devotees.
Police personnel take ill due to strenuous duty
Over 1000 police personnel were deployed to provide ease to the devotees during Mahashivartri festival which concluded on Tuesday. Long and strenuous duty took a tool of the police personnel to the extent that some even fell ill due to stress. According to sources CSP Ritu Kewre had to be rushed to hospital after complaining of uneasiness.