Bhopal: Maha Shivaratri is considered to be extremely auspicious by the devotees of Lord Shiva. To ensure the festival is celebrated in a grand manner, the Madhya Pradesh administration have made sufficient arrangements and beefed up security near Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga in Ujjain, a famous shrine that comprise one of the twelve Jyotirling of Lord Shiva.

According to district administration, around 3 lakh devotees from different parts of the country are expected to gather in the city to seek Lord Shiva’s blessings.

The temple administration informed that, on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri on Monday, the temple will be opened at 2:30 am and will remain open for next 48 hours. A queue of devotees will also be formed starting from Sunday night.

While the first Aarti is slated at 4 am on Monday, the Bhasm Aarti is scheduled on Tuesday at 12 noon.

On remaining days, the temple opens in the morning at 4am with a special aarti – the one of its kind Bhasma Aarti – where the aarti is performed with sacred ash ‘Bhasma’. The entire Mahakaleshwar Temple Aarti lasts for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Barricades will be placed outside the Nandi hall.

The administration has also installed CCTVs outside the temple to keep a tab on the happenings.