.. Jewels, pearl studded raksha- thread offered to Lord Mahakal .. Brahmins celebrate Shrawani Parva

FP NEWS SERVICE UJJAIN

The festival of Raksha Bandhan was celebrated with traditional fervour and enthusiasm here

on Saturday. Several programmes were also organized at public places to mark the occasion.

As per the tradition of Ujjain, the first rakhi was tied on to the Mahakal Jyotirlingam in the wee hours on Saturday. A raksha- thread made with jewels, pearls, silver and gems worth Rs 11, 000 was offered to Lord Mahakal on this occasion amidst chanting of hymns. It was prepared by Indore based trader Jay Singh Sengar.

Bhog of 11 quintals of laddoos was also offered to the presiding deity as per ancient traditions. Devotees from across nation and abroad sent rakshathread to Lord Mahakal and these rakhis were offered to the deity during bhasmaarti.

Most of the markets of the city including Chhatri Chowk, Gopal Mandir, Lakherwadi, Satigate, Freeganj were delighted with customersalt39hustle and bustle. On this occasion, sisters tied rakshathread on to the wrist of their brothers during auspicious time in the afternoon and evening hours.

Massive shopping was seen at sweet, clothes, gifts and other shops. Markets were decorated like a bride with shops displaying fancy and traditional rakhis.

This year the look of Central Jail at Bhairavgarh was different compared to previous years.

Sisters were allowed to meet their brothers after strict screening, which led to long queues outside the Jail. Likewise, a number of sisters also reached hospitals to tie rakhi on the wrist of their brothers.

On this occasion Brahmins also changed their alt145 janeualt39( sacred thread) on alt145 Shrawani Parvaalt39after having a holy dip at Ramghat, Siddhvat Ghat and Mangalnath Ghat of river Kshipra. It was followed by Shrawani Upakrama.

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