Just like Day 1, the second-day of 10-day long Navratra festival also witnessed heavy rainfall, but this did not stop the devotees from visiting Saptashrungi shrine. Even Funicular Trolley which was recently installed at Saptashrungi is seemed to be helpful for devotees in Nashik
On Sunday, where the city received 25.7mm of rain, over 1 lakh devotees braved the weather and made a beeline outside the Saptashrungi temple. Similar was the case with all the other small and big temples across the city. The Met department has predicted moderate to heavy showers for the next two days.
“Being Sunday, we were expecting a greater turn out as compared to Saturday. And by evening more than 1 lakh devotees had visited the temple. The number of visitors will increase prominently from Shasthi – sixth day of Navaratra,” said Sagar Nichit, construction supervisor and senior trustee of the Saptashrungi temple.
With the Public Works Department (PWD) completing the road repair work in time, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses are now plying between Nanduri village and Saptashrungi foothill. Private vehicles, however, have been disallowed to travel on top of the hill.
Meanwhile, Kalika Mandir’s fair is yet to pick momentum. Vendors and owners of the temporary shops outside the temple blamed the weather for the slowdown. “This fair attracts thousands of people and we were expecting good business this year. Unfortunately, rain has spoiled the weekend business. Now, our hopes lie on the pre-Dussehra rush,” said Anil Shinde, shop-owner.
Other than temples, pandals across the city have installed Durga idols. A senior official at charity commissioner’s office informed that this year, more than 200 big and small pandals have installed idols in Nashik city limits with garba and dandiya scheduled at as many as 75 pandals. The events in open grounds were, however, had to be called off on Sunday evening due to incessant rain.
The Lord Venkateshwara temple in Nashik started Brahmotsavam celebrations from Saturday. Indian classical singer Sayali Talwalkar performed at Kapadpeth-based Balaji temple on Sunday evening. Apart from classical bandhish and Tarana, her rendition of Abhang and devotional songs was also well-received.
“On Monday, Prof Kshitij Patkule will share interesting information about Kardali Van, a dense forest on the Maharashtra-Andhra Pradesh border. This place is considered most pious by devotees of Lord Dattatreya,” said Virkam Balajiwale, trustee of the temple.
The Ghatasthapana – a ritual to install Ghatam and invite Goddess Durga to stay with the devotees for nine-days – was conducted on Saturday across all small and big temples and shrines in Nashik to mark the beginning of Navratra.
Sorce : TOI