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Special rakhi for Lord Shiva in Madhya Pradesh temple on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan

A specially decked out Lord Shiva was offered a Bhasmarti (special puja) and tied a silver rakhi (sacred thread) to mark the start of the festival in MP temple

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Ujjain, August 18: The festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is an ancient Hindu festival, is being celebrated on Thursday across Madhya Pradesh starting with a special ceremony in this city ar the famous Mahakaleshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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As early as 3 a.m, a specially decked out Lord Shiva was offered a Bhasmarti (special puja) and tied a silver rakhi (sacred thread) embedded with gems to mark the start of the festival.

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Also offered to Mahakaleshwar, who defines the cultural life of the city, were 1.25 lakh laddus (sweets of gram and wheat flour shaped into balls) to be later distributed to the devotees as ‘prasad’.

Thousands of people visit the Mahakaleshwar temple every day. (IANS)

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The Ram temple is proposed to be built at the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya by 2022. Wikimedia Commons

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The Ram temple will have a prayer hall, a lecture hall, a educational facility, a saints residence and a hostel for visitors. Wikimedia Commons

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