Saketri Shiv temple fixes the problem of suplus milk pouches by handing these over to volunteers of temple committee for further distribution as around 1.5 lakh devotees throng the shrine
Panchkula: Around 1.5 lakh devotees from all over the region thronged the historical Saketri temple to pay obeisance on the occasion of Mahashivratri on Friday. Other temples in the tricity also saw huge rush with many turning up to make offerings to Shiv Lingams. As per tradition, different types of ‘rudrabhishek’ and ‘bhasmabhishek’ were also performed.
Meanwhile, devotees did not mind standing in never-ending queues for Shiva Darshan. Some of them reached the
temple after crawling their way for several miles. However, taking a good initiative; Saketri Shiv temple also fixed the problem of
milk being wasted during the Shivratri celebrations under a new arrangement where the devotees who brought packed milk pouches were handed over to volunteers of the temple committee. This milk was then distributed among the devotees.
“The milk shouldn’t go down the drain. People usually do not bring milk in containers but in pouches. We collect these and distribute after heating the milk. Those who want to offer a mixture of milk and water can fill their containers from the four big tubs that we have kept,” said Madan Lal Sharma, president of the temple committee. He added that though there wasn’t any such binding rule, so if anyone pushed for offering milk directly on the Shivling, he could.
The temple committee had also made arrangements of 170 quintals of milk and apart from the hot milk, 60,000 bananas and 40 quintals of plums have been arranged for devotees. The temple was decorated with lights and as many as 650 volunteers and private security guards, including those from Mata Mansa Devi Sewa Samiti, Tri Shakti Sewa Dal and All India Sewak Dal were assigned shift-wise duties.
Also the local police had made adequate bundobust, including setting up of nakas, so that the devotees did not encounter any problems. Special arrangements for kawarias were made at the temple and devotees’ queues stretched long on to roads. People were chanting ‘Bam Bam Bhole’, ‘Har Har Mahadev’ and ‘Om Namah Shivay’.
Other temples in several sectors of the city, especially at Sector 9 Prachin Shiv Mandir also witnessed long queues of devotees. Outside the temples, stalls selling bers, bananas and other fruits did quite a lot of business.
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