Mahashivratri today, temples adorned in city

Sculptors giving final touches to idols; devotees to offer worship, observe rituals

Bhopal: As the auspicious festival of Mahashivratri approaches, the city of Bhopal is abuzz with fervor and excitement as devotees gear up for elaborate celebrations on Friday. Temples across the city have been adorned with vibrant decorations, and preparations are in full swing to facilitate the devotees in performing rituals and seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva.

The revered Bhojpur temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is expected to draw a significant number of devotees seeking spiritual solace and divine blessings. The temple authorities have made elaborate arrangements to ensure a smooth and peaceful celebration, with extra security measures in place to manage the expected influx of visitors.

Devotees from various parts of Bhopal and neighboring areas are eagerly looking forward to participating in the traditional rituals and ceremonies associated with Mahashivratri. The festival holds great significance for Hindus, symbolizing the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and is observed with fasting, prayers, and night-long vigils.

“The atmosphere is charged with positive energy as devotees come together to celebrate the divine union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The city is witnessing a beautiful blend of religious fervor and cultural vibrancy,” remarked Preeti Sharma, a local resident and ardent devotee.

Apart from Bhopal, the Mahakal temple in Ujjain, known for its historical and religious significance, is also gearing up for grand celebrations. The Mahakal Lok within the temple premises has been refurbished, attracting devotees with its enhanced spiritual ambiance. Special pujas, aarti, and cultural events are scheduled throughout the day, creating an atmosphere of joy and devotion.

Authorities in both Bhopal and Ujjain are working closely with local law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety and security of devotees during the festivities. Traffic management plans and additional crowd control measures have been put in place to handle the expected surge in footfall.

Rush at Mahakal temple

On Thursday, the Mahakal Temple in Ujjain experienced a substantial influx of VIPs, a day preceding Mahashivratri. Notable personalities, including actors Hema Malini and Arman Kohli, graced the temple with their presence.

Adding to the VIP visitors, Railway Minister of State Darshana Jardosh also paid a visit to the Mahakal Temple.

Reflecting on her experience, Hema Malini expressed, “Today, I had a delightful darshan. Although I view pictures of the temple every morning, witnessing it in person was truly a divine experience.”

Meanwhile, in preparation for Maha Shivratri in Ujjain, significant arrangements have been made to ensure a grand celebration. Devotees are expected to have continuous darshan of Lord Shri Mahakaleshwar at the Shri Mahakaleshwar temple for 44 hours. Maha Shivratri, a revered festival for Lord Shiva enthusiasts, attracts numerous pilgrims seeking the blessings of Lord Shri Mahakaleshwar. The festivities began with Shiva Navratri on February 29, following the traditions of Sanatan Dharma, which holds a special significance in the worship rituals at the Shri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple in Ujjain.

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