Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the present day carried out the “maha puja” (prayer ceremony) of Lord Vitthal and Goddess Rukmini at a temple in Maharashtra’s Pandharpur, a city in Solapur district, on the event of ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’, and prayed to God for an finish to the COVID-19 disaster and good well being of everybody within the state.
As per the long-standing custom, the Chief Minister carried out the puja (prayer) along with his spouse Rashmi Thackeray at 2:30 am.
‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’, an vital Hindu pageant, marks the end result of a pilgrimage referred to as “wari” that devotees (generally known as “warkaris”) undertake from throughout the state on foot to succeed in the Pandharpur temple city.
However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state authorities has not allowed the pilgrimages on foot since final yr.
The palkhis (palanquins) carrying “padukas” (footwears) of saint-poets Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram left for Pandharpur in flower-decked buses with a restricted variety of warkaris from Pune district on Monday.
After performing the puja, Mr Thackeray stated, “Let there be a sea of devotion in Pandharpur and warkaris be allowed to carry out ‘wari‘ on foot once more, and for that, I prayed to Lord Vitthal to eradicate COVID-19 and bless folks within the state with good well being.”
His son and Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray was additionally current on the event.
Warkari couple Keshav Kolte and Indubai Kolte bought the chance to carry out the rituals alongside the Thackerays.
Every yr, a warkari couple is chosen to carry out the official puja with the Chief Minister.
Mr Thackeray stated, “I’ve seen lakhs of warkaris right here (in regular instances earlier than COVID-19 outbreak), I’ve seen the ocean of devotion flowing yearly in Pandharpur. I need to see that image once more and I pray to Lord Vitthal to revive the identical by ending the COVID-19 disaster.”
He stated devotion and self-confidence are wanted to return to Pandharpur on foot after protecting an extended distance, “and that self-confidence helps one wade by way of challenges”.
He famous that yearly lakhs of warkaris used to return right here on today, however lots of them couldn’t even go contained in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum for ‘darshan‘ and needed to return dwelling by simply visiting of the temple from exterior.
“It is the devotion that makes them come right here on foot and this offers a robust basis on which the state and the nation are standing,” he stated.
Mr Thackeray stated he’s lucky that he bought the chance to return to Pandharpur and carry out the “maha puja”.
Appreciating the construction of the temple’s sanctum sanctorum, he stated, “Every pillar, each stone and each idol right here one thing.”
He requested Solapur district Guardian Minister Dattatray Bharne to showcase this heritage to the world and urged endeavor a challenge for it.
The Chief Minister gave a examine of Rs 5 crore on behalf of the state authorities to the Pandharpur Municipal Council.
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