Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh): Diwali was celebrated at Ujjain’s Mahakaleswar Jyotirlinga by lighting 1,11,000 earthen lights on Monday.
Celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights, began early Monday morning at Ujjain’s Mahakaleswar Jyotirlinga as thousands of devotees thronged to the temple to offer their prayers on this auspicious day. A special aarti is being offered at the Mahakal Temple to mark ‘Naraka Chaturdashi’.
After the evening aarti of Baba Mahakal by the Mahakaleshwar Temple Committee along with the members of the Mahakaleshwar Management Committee, the Chairman of the Mahakaleshwar Temple Management Committee and the Mahant of Mahakaleshwar Temple, started the Deepotsav by lighting the lamp.
Devotees coming to the people also enjoyed the festival by lighting the lamp. The children of the orphanage also lit the lamp. The District Collector Ashish Singh was also present at the event.
“As per the tradition, lord Mahakal has been offered Chappan Bhog and fuljhari,” priest Mahesh Sharma said.
Narak Chaturdashi falls on the fourteenth day of Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar. This year, Narak Chaturdashi is being celebrated on the same day as Diwali (October 24).
The festival is observed across India to mark the victory over the mythical demon king Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Narakasur, an asura (demon), was slain on this day, according to Hindu tradition, by Krishna and Satyabhama. Abhyanga Snan on Chaturdashi day, also known as Narak Chaturdashi, will begin at 05:05 am and end at 06:27 am.
It is considered auspicious to take an oil bath on the day before sunrise as it is believed that Lord Krishna took an oil bath to wipe all the blood and grime off his body after killing Narakasur.
Naraka Chaturdashi is also known as Kali Chaudas, Narak Chaudas, Roop Chaturdashi, Roop Chaudas, Naraka Nivaran Chaturdashi, Bhoot Chaturdashi and marks the second of the five days of Diwali festivities that start with Dhanteras.
Deepavali, popularly known as the festival of lights, is celebrated nationwide with great pomp. People perform puja, observe rituals, decorate their homes with diyas, rangoli, ornaments, and lights, enjoy delectable sweets and meals, dress in new traditional attire, and more.