Ujjain: Long queues were seen at almost all the famous temples of the city on Friday as people started their new year by paying obeisance at temples. People coming from different parts of the country started their New Year by paying obeisance to the presiding deity at Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple.
Devotees also attended the famous Bhasmarti performed in early hours of the morning. Devotees’ crowd was also seen at other temple of the city like Gadkalika, Kalbhairav, Chamunda Mata Temple and Gopal Mandir and Chintaman Ganesh temple. On the occasion of New Year at some temples special 56 bhogs were offered to deities with prayers for peace and good health to all.
As per Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple Management Committee (MTMC) till the Friday evening over 30,000 devotees paid obeisance to lord Mahakal and it is a record in terms of arrival of devotees amid Covid19 outbreak. The MTMC also confirmed record sale of prasad of over Rs 15 lakh in a day since pandemic’s breakout.
The ‘prasad’ was sold from all the counters of the temple due to heavy crowd of devotees. Panchayati Mahanirvani Akhada local unit head Mahant Vineet Giri Maharaj told that Covid directives are being followed in temple premises.
Hotels remain full
As per reports hotels and guest houses in periphery areas of Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple remained full on the occasion of New Year. The devotee’s rush was also seen at Doulatganj Mahakaleshwar route and railway station.
Entry in sanctum and Nandi Hall not permitted
The MTMC in view of heavy rush of devotees did not allow entries in the sanctum of the temple and the Nandi Hall. Devotees got glimpse of the lord Shiva standing out of Nandi Hall.