Following the news of the Bachchan family’s COVID-19 status, the legendary Mahakaleshwar temple of Madhya Pradesh’s city of Ujjain performed a sacred ‘mahamrityunjay yagna’ (fire ritual). The prayer was conducted for the well-being of veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek. Both father and son are currently being treated at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.
Abhishek’s wife, Aishwarya (46) and their daughter Aaradhya (8) have also tested positive for the coronavirus however they are in self-quarantine at home.
“After we heard the news that Amitabh Bachchan ji has tested coronavirus positive and was admitted to a hospital, the priests performed ‘mahamrityunjay yagna’ on Sunday morning at the Mahakal temple and also offered a special puja,” said Mahakaleshwar temple priest Dinesh Trivedi.
The ‘mahamrityunjay yagna’ keeps people away from diseases and ensure their physical well-being, he said.
“This ‘samputik mahamrityunjay yagna’ was performed for two hours starting 8 am by placing the portraits of Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan there,” he added.
According to Priest Trivedi, 11 priests of the famed Mahakaleshwar temple later chanted mantras till 5 pm.
“We also offered puja of lord Mahakaleshwar (Shiva) for the well-being of the Bachchans,” he said.
The Mahakaleshwar temple is one of the 12 ‘jyotirlingas’ in the country and attracts lakhs of devotees every year.
Amitabh (77) and Abhishek (44) revealed their COVID-19 status on Twitter on Saturday after they were placed in the isolation ward of Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital. Go here to learn more about the legendary Mahakaleshwar Temple of Madhya Pradesh.
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