Ujjain : The festival of Naagpanchami will be celebrated in the city on August 1. The Parmar dynasty idol of 11th century on the third floor of Mahakaleshwar temple will be worshipped on this occasion. Devotees will be allowed to have darshan of the deity once in a year on the occasion of Naagpanchami.
Mehant Prakash Pujari informed that the ancient idol was brought here from Nepal along with the idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Shankar-Parvati presided over Nandi which were established on the first floor of the temple. The beautiful idol is in the form of Shiv-Parvati presiding over the posture of naag while the hood is covering over the deity. A special worship will be performed on the occasion of Naagpanchami. Naagchandreshwar temple gate will be opened at 12 am on the night of July 31. The gate will remain open till midnight on August 1. Entry will be given to devotees inside the temple premises till 10.30 pm on August 1 for paying visit to the deity.
Trikaal puja of Lord Naagchandreshwar will be performed after the gate is opened. Mehant Prakash Pujari and collector-cum-ex officio Mahakaleshwar Temple will perform official worship. Administration has prepared a plan to avail smooth darshan to devotees on Naagpanchami festival. Common devotees will be given entry from Madhav Seva Nyas parking lot. Devotees will stand in the queue and will move through barricades located in front of administrator’s room and Vishram Dham Shahnai Gate. Special pass holder devotees will enter into the temple from Bhasmaarti entrance near ATM. VVIP, VIP and Press members will be given entry from Vaish Nirmalya Gate. Special pass counter of Rs 151 will be installed at Madhav Seva Nyas, behind Mahakal Dharamshala, Dewasgate and Harsiddhi dharamshala.