Bhopal : Thousands of devotees had started queuing up for Darshan of Lord Bholenath in view of Mahashivratri before opening of the gates of Mahakal Mandir in evening at Ujjain today. This time the district administration introduced new arrangements for Darshan, which were lauded by common devotees.
They said, ‘This time very good arrangements were made. Separate arrangements were made for entry for Darshan of Lord Bholenath.’ Queue of common devotees was divided into 2 from the side of Harsiddhi Mandir to Bada Ganesh upto main gate of Mahakal Mandir in zigzag queues. This was the first trial of Darshan arrangements in view of Simhastha. For the first time, devotees were also allowed to have Darshan through Mahakal tunnel.
Devotees were having Darshan of Lord Mahakal within half an hour. About lesser time taken for Darshan, the devotees said that such arrangements should also be made during Simhastha. Smt. Kaushalya Bai from Gujarat who had Darshan with family lauded the arrangements. About 10-12 persons including Ratan, Kailash, Juwan Singh from village Dhaturiya in Petlawad tahasil of Jhabua district said that they come for Darshan of Mahakal every year, but this year’s arrangements were superb.
Thousands of devotees from the state as well as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan etc had Darshan of Lord Mahakal on Shivratri. After Darshan, devotees were coming out from new exit gate near Anadi Kalpeshwar Mandir where they were getting back footware left by them before entering Mahakal Mandir in a cloth bag without any service charge.
This arrangements also made devotees happy. Devotees entering Mahakal Mandir from Harsiddhi Mandir side were depositing their footware on Harsiddhi road. From there, the footwares were being sent in cloth bags after numbering through e-rickshaws to footware stand near exit gate. Along with arrangements of Darshan for common people, separate arrangements were also made for donors of Rs. 151, media persons and VIPs.
Devotees also enjoyed attractive illumination on Mahakal Mandir. Prasadi counters were set up near Anadi Kalpeshwar Mandir. On the banks of Rudra Sagar near the entry gate, various organisations had made arrangements to distribute Phariyali Khichadi, milk etc. Devotees expressed happiness over these arrangements also and savoured Phariyali.