Ujjain : Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis paid obeisance to the presiding deity at the Mahakaleshwar Temple to mark the occasion of Mahashivratri, here on late Tuesday. He on the occasion said that the Maharashtra government will make arrangements for the ensuing Nasik Kumbh on the lines of Ujjain’s Simhastha Fair-2016.

Phadnavis, who was scheduled to arrive here at about 9 pm, could turn up at the Mahakaleshwar Temple at about 11.30 pm. He reached Indore from Mumbai by a private airline and from there directly reached at the temple. He remained at the temple premises for about half an hour.

State Urban Administration Minister and District In-charge Kailash Vijayvergiya also accompanied him. The Maharashtra CM performed aarti of the Mahakal Jyotirlingam from outside the garbh griha. Priests Raman Trivedi, Dinesh Guru, Sanjay Guru and Aashish Guru guided him during the proceedings.

Phadnavis paid his maiden visit to the Mahakal City after being crowned as the Maharashtra CM. While talking to the media persons, he said that he is a devotee of the Lord Mahakal and use to visit here for a long time.

“I came here today on the pious occasion of the Mahashivratri to take blessings from the Lord Mahakal so as to take Maharashtra on the path of development,” he said. On being asked about the preparations of Nasik Kumbh, the Maharashtra CM said that they have already launched the preparations, though they have got less time.
“We have invited Kailash Vijayvergiya to take benefit of his experience to host the mega religious event and surely we would be able to make memorable arrangements on his advice,” he added.

Phadnavis said that his government has also sent a proposal to the Modi government to get the financial assistance from the Centre. “I have also talked to the urban administration minister M Venkaiah Naidu and hopeful of getting full support from the Center,” he added.

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