New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to interfere with the rituals followed in Ujjain’s Mahakaleshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and UU Lalilt, in its order, said it has neither interfered in the merit nor the religious ceremony of the temple.

The bench said it has incorporated all suggestions given by parties and the resolution passed by the temple management committee has to be implemented. The temple, in its resolution, has permitted devotees to use a fixed amount of water measuring 500 ml in a small pot per person for ‘Jalabhishek’ (worship by offering water).

As per the resolution, water for ‘Jalabhishek’ should be taken from the Reverse Osmosis (RO) machine installed during the religious congregation of Simhastha in 2016, for which a connection was to be provided near the sanctum sanctorum. The bench warned that its order should not be misinterpreted or misreported by the media.

The Supreme Court has been dealing with the issue of protecting the ‘Jyotirlingam’, a devotional representation of Lord Shiva at the ancient Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.