How to reach Ujjain:- By train or by air to indoor and take a taxi/Bus to Ujjain. From Ujjain the temple is 1.3 Km only with ample hotels to stay ranging from 500 to 8,000 for 24 Hrs. An average 3 Bed room costs some 800 to 1000 RS.
Day time Darshan :- It takes some 2 to 3 hrs in the queue, but under a covered way from the top, so don’t worry for the Sun. Water is always available in the queue . Mobiles are not allowed but if you carry no one checks but better to deposit and avoid.
Morning Darshan (Bhasm Arti and jalavishek):- There are two ways:- 1.Viewing the Bhasm arti only, 2nd is touching the Jyotirling and pouring water onto it (jalavishek) and then viewing the Bhasmarti also.
What’s Common to both, ( Bhasm arti and Jalavishek):- first book online @ 100/person ticket which are available online just one month in advance, you can also take it from the temple manually if its available, as the capacity to sit in the auditorium is approx. 500 to 1000 only. Must reach at 1PM at the night at gate no 4 to be in a queue (This gate is for Bhasm arti and is written there), the gate opens at 1.30 AM, when the queue enters the temple premises after checking of the gate pass and ID. You must carry Adhar Card/ the card which was used at the time of booking, and the Bhasmarti pass (hard copy) to go there for both Bashmarti /jalavishek. From 1.30 AM to 4 AM you will be asked to sit in to a big and comfortable hall and wait in the same queue till 4 AM. At 4 am you will be asked to proceed towards the Main temple.
Option 1, Viewing Bhasm arti Only:-There is no dress code for those who only wants to see the Bhasmarti and don’t want to touch /Jalavishek the Jyotirling even jeans for men and any dress for females are allowed.
Option 2, If you want to do jalavishek on the jyotirling & touch the jyotirling you should reach at 12 at night at gate no 4 and be in the queue a bit ahead as the time limit is just half an hr for this, around 4 AM to 4.30 AM to do jalavishek, after the jalavishek Bhasm arti starts at 4.30. Dress code is a must for Jalavhishek /entering the GarvGrih , even a 3 year old small boy must be in dhoti properly tied otherwise you will be taken out of the queue at the last moment just before the GarvGrih, so if you want to do jalavishek don’t look at others in the queue, who’s wearing what, they must be for bhasmarti only and not for Jalavishek as the line is common for both. Stitched and readymade Dhotis are also not allowed. At the garvgrih you(men only) will have to remove your cloths above the waste also and you may carry it with you till you come out of the garvgrih after the jalavishek. Dhoti and Steel/Copper water bowl to do jalavishek is available @50 Rs near the temple. water is made available inside the temple only. It’s a must for the females also to wear Saree even if she is 3 Yrs old.Irony was that, female guards were checking the females devotee, if they are wearing anything like Salwar/Jeans/Payjama etc under the saree and were taken out of the queue, (So be in the traditional wear of saree and Blows with petticoat ). For men use a normal underwear and Dhoti only. I saw few small kids 3 to 7 years were taken out of the queue from their parents before entering the garvgrih (because of not wearing the proper saree) and were crying, but nothing to have such worry as police was there to take care of them and after pouring water they were handed over to their parents. which takes not more than 1 to 3 Mnts
I was wearing a dhoti in a comfortable way but I was asked to come out of the queue and tie it in a proper way just before the GarvGrih. (a part of the dhoti must come from the front in between your legs towards the back). You must have a Steel/copper water container and dhoti which are available at the gate no 4 on rent.
Best eating place was Pawitra Marwadi Bojnalay at Sarrafa Bajar, to have a homely food at just Rs 70 /thali.
After Mahakaleshwar its recommended/must is to go to the KalVairav temple also (said to be the P.A. of lord Shiva) which is a bit far from the place 3 to 5 KM.
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