Panchkula: The board officials of Mansa Devi Shrine are in hurry these days to complete ongoing construction work. Preparations for the upcoming Navratra festival are in full swing, including the construction of escalators and stairs which will take the devotees to sanctum sanctorum.
The construction had begun in October 2016, and was supposed to be completed by the coming Navratras. However, the temple might miss the deadline for escalators, though the managemnt is optimistic.
While one lift will carry 20 people at a time, the other is reserved for differently abled and will carry 10 people. Besides, the work of widening the ‘aangan’ by 30 feet is likely to be completed soon. However according to supervisor of the project, the construction work related to escalators may not be completed till Navratras and will take around 2 to 3 months more for its completion. Around Rs 1.70 crore are being spent on these works.
Other than this, a state-level invitation has also been sent to Hema Malini to perform during the coming Navratra celebrations at Mansa Devi temple. The nine-day Navratra fest is scheduled to start on March 28. Malini was invited during the Navratras in October last year as well by the Board, but she had refused.
Shrine Board CEO V G Goel said, “This time, the state government has sent an invitation to Hema Malini. Hopefully, she will accept it.” He said eight popular performers had been invited and at least five of them would accept the invitations.
Meanwhile the board is spending Rs 64 lakh on the Navratras celebration, including Rs 13.5 lakh on lighting and Rs 6 lakh on the floral decoration. However, the donations had been hit during the last Navratras. Around 11.87 lakh devotees had visited the temple during Navratras in April last year, while only 8.70 lakh visited in October. Around Rs 1.27 crore were donated during the last Navratras, while Rs 1.34 crore was donated in April last year.
CM to lay foundation stone of Ayush Centre
During Navratras, CM will lay foundation stone of Ayush centre which is coming on 20-acre land in the temple complex. “A total of Rs 510 crore will be spent on the ayush centre by the central government under the union ministry of Ayush. The land has been earmarked. The central government has approved the site and a formal agreement will be signed soon,” said Goel. A sanskrit college is also coming on the campus at a cost of Rs 8.5 crore on 7-acre site.
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