An expert committee from the Archaeological Survey of India and the Geological Survey of India on Thursday visited the Mahakaleshawar Temple to examine the extent of damage caused to the Shivalingam.
Mahakaleshwar devotees may soon have to refrain themselves from offering vermilion, milk, curd, honey and water to the Shivalingam in Ujjain.
An expert committee from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Geological Survey of India (GSI) on Thursday visited the Mahakaleshawar Temple in Ujjain to examine the extent of damage that has been caused to the Shivalingam by the ritualistic offerings.
The Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Shivalingam is one of the 12 Jyotirlingams and is visited by millions of devotees throughout the year. The devotees visiting the temple also offer water, milk, honey, ghee and ash as part of the rituals to the lingam.
The expert committee from the ASI and the GSI that visited the temple has been appointed by the Supreme Court of India to assess the extent of erosion that has happened to lingam due to the rituals.
The Supreme Court appointed the committee after it was approached by one Sarika Guru saying the lingam was getting eroded due to puja material.
The expert committee will present its findings before the Supreme Court in a sealed cover next week. The findings will determine the extent of erosion that has already happened to the lingam and ways through which it can be prevented.