Saturday, December 4, 2021

Maharashtra CM performs Maha Puja of Lord Vitthal in Pandharpur temple on Ashadhi Ekadashi

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray performed the annual official Maha Puja of Lord Vitthal in Pandharpur Temple on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi along with his wife Rashmi at 2.15 a.m. today. His son and Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray, Guardian Minister of Solapur Dattatray Bharane were also present in the temple. The devotees from Wardha District Keshav Kolte and his wife Indubai were chosen to participate in the Maha Puja along with the Chief Minister.

 

AIR correspondent reports, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray appealed the Lord Vitthal to end the ongoing crisis of Corona Pandemic and said that he wishes to see the temple full of devotees very soon as it used be before the pandemic.

Chief Minister had arrived in Pandharpur last night to perform the official Maha Puja of Lord Vitthal on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi today. Ashadhi Ekadashi is one of the most important festivals in Maharashtra and a pilgrimage called Wari is culminated in Pandharpur and various Palakhis which carry the Padukas of various saints across the state reach the temple on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi.

 

Thousands of devotees known as Warkaris used to walk hundreds of miles to take Darshan  of Lord Vitthal every year, but due to the ongoing crisis of Corona Pandemic the Maharashtra Government did not allow the pilgrimage on foot for the second consecutive year. Prestigious ten Palakhis were brought by the Special Shivshahi Buses of MSRTC to Pandharpur.

 

Only 40 devotees were allowed with each of the Palakhis and after reaching Pandharpur the devotees with each of the Palakhi were allowed to walk with the Palakhi for some distance to mark the customary Wari. The Pandharpur Temple is fully decorated with flowers and attractive lighting.

 

But, curfew has been imposed in Pandharpur and nearby villages to avoid crowding of devotees in view of global Pandemic. Similarly, various other Vitthal temples across the state are also decorated but devotees are not allowed to visit these temples on the very special occasion due to the pandemic for the second consecutive year.

 

 

- Advertisement -spot_img
Latest news
Related news