Ahead of Simhastha fair, Ujjain district administration on Thursday offered liquor and other materials at 40 Devi and Bhairav temples on the occasion of Chaitra Navratri Ashtami.
Collector Kavindra Kiyawat along with his wife conducted the puja of Mahamaya and Mahalaya idols at Chobis Khamba Mata temple.
The idols were offered liquor, puri, bhajia, sindur and other articles.From the temple, the government employees walked 27 km covering 22 goddesses and 17 Bhairav and one Hanuman temple.
Liquor was poured all through the route as a part of the traditional offering.
Sub-divisional magistrate Kshitij Sharma said that these offerings are generally made at the Maha ashtami of Shardiya Navratri but they performed it now to pray for the successful completion of Simhastha.
As per the belief, a new king had to be crowned in Ujjain daily as the the anointed person was sacrificed to the goddesses at night. One day, the family, in which Vikramaditya was living, was sad, as it was their son’s turn to become the king and to be sacrificed.
Vikramaditya then decided to present himself instead of their son and offered the puja. The goddesses were appeased with the offering and then the practice of sacrificing a new king was discontinued.