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Mahashivratri celebrated with exuberance, warmth

THOUSANDS OF devotees thronged at Mahakaleshwar Temple for darshan on the occasion of Mahashivratri here on Sunday. Elaborate arrangements had been made by the police in and around the temple premises to facilitate comfortable darshan.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 14:43 IST

THOUSANDS OF devotees thronged at Mahakaleshwar Temple for darshan on the occasion of Mahashivratri here on Sunday. Elaborate arrangements had been made by the police in and around the temple premises to facilitate comfortable darshan.

Though darshan began after Bhasmarti at 5 am, pilgrims had started queuing up from last night onwards. A large number of devotees from various parts of the country flocked to the temple on the pious day. With the expansion of Nandigrah, the time for waiting in queues has come down to about 30 minutes instead of the four to five hours till a few years back.

Four rows of devotees ran simultaneously before entering the sanctum sanctorum. However, several devotees complained that policemen pulled them away even before they could have a glimpse of the deity and that too from a distance of about 25 feet.

Mahashivratri is the wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva. A special Sehra would be put up on the Shivling tomorrow to mark the day. The temple will remain open throughout the night today and tomorrow's Bhasmarti would take place noon.

Several social organisations rendered services at the temple. Institutions like the Shiv Welfare Trust, Mahakal Bhakt Mandal and others distributed milk, fariyali khichri and curd in the form of prasad to devotees.

The Ujjaini Sewa Samiti arranged fariyali food for the devotees at Mahakaleshwar Temple Dharmashala. Thousands of devotees took advantage of the same.