On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, temples of Lord Mahakal were opened on Tuesday night at 2.45 pm on Mahashivratri. While priests performed Panchamrita Abhishek puja of Lord Mahakal, Mahant Vineet Giri Ji Maharaj of Mahanirvani Akhara offered (Basma)ashes to the Lord. After the holy aarti, priests also offered Bhof to Mahakal. The temple was opened at 5:30 in the morning for the general public to take blessings.
Let us tell you that every year on the occasion of Mahashivratri, priests of Jyotirlinga Mahakal temple perform a big Pooja for God. The doors of the sanctum sanctorum were opened at 2.45 am on Tuesday and the name of Lord Mahakal can be heard in the air throughout the city. The temple doors are opened for all the devotees at 5:30 am to 11pm Wednesday.
There are two queues of free darshan for general visitors. One queue has been reserved for the devotees with a speedy darshan ticket of Rs.250.
It is worth noting that on Tuesday at 12 noon the temple will host a special pooja on behalf of the government. Later the Sandhya Puja will be held at 5 pm. Accompanied by evening aarti at 7 pm. The pooja by the government officials will be done by the district administration at 12 o'clock in the night.