Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his wife performed a ‘maha pooja’ of Lord Vitthal and Goddess Rukmini at a famous temple in the city of Pandharpur on the occasion of ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’ on Sunday and asked the blessings of God for the prosperity of every section of society. .
According to a long-standing tradition, the incumbent Chief Minister offers prayers every year at the temple dedicated to Lord Vitthal at Pandharpur in Solapur district, located over 200 km from Pune and about 400 km from here, on the ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’ which is celebrated on Sundays.
Eknath Shinde who was sworn in as CM of Maharashtra on June 30 this year along with his wife Lata Shinde prayed to God that every section of society including farmers, labourers, warkaris (devotees of Lord Vitthal) and the business community, be happy and prosperous.
The Chief Minister’s son, MP Shrikant Shinde, and the latter’s family also accompanied them on the occasion.
A 52-year-old farmer, Murli Navle, and his wife Jijabai Navale, from Beed district, performed the traditional pooja with the CM and his family.
The farmer’s family has participated in the Wari pilgrimage to Pandharpur since 1987.
After offering prayers, the CM addressed a gathering at the temple premises and said that the government of Maharashtra is committed to stopping farmer suicides, for which all possible efforts will be made.
“With the blessings of Lord Vitthal, all the sorrows and hardships of the people will pass away because this government belongs to the common man. Whether it be, farmers, workers, people from all walks of life should feel that this government belongs to them. We will try to create such a feeling through our work,” he said.
The CM said he was lucky to have the opportunity to perform the pooja this year.
“For the past two years, the Wari pilgrimage could not take place on foot due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this time more than 10 lakh Warkaris came to seek Lord Vitthal’s blessings,” he said. he declared.
He expressed hope that the COVID-19 crisis will go away and the problems facing the state will be resolved.
It will be the effort of the state government to lead the state on the path of progress, comprehensive development and bring “acche din” (good days) to the people, he said.
The state is experiencing good rains, albeit a little late, he noted.
“Wherever heavy rains are observed, the state apparatus is active to ensure that there is no loss of life or property. If good rains occur this year, farmers will have a good harvest,” he said.
The Jalyukt Shivar (for water conservation) programme, which had been halted, has now resumed, he said.
“The state government is studying how rainwater from the rivers in the western part of the state, which drains into the sea, can be diverted to the drought-affected areas of Marathwada. with the blessing of Lord Vitthal, we will succeed in this endeavour,” he said.
The CM said he and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Saturday).
“He (Prime Minister Modi) told us that the Center will give all his help for the development of the state and asked to implement good plans to bring ‘acche din’ to people,” Eknath Shinde said.
The CM said he had the opportunity to perform Lord Vitthal’s pooja through the blessings of the people of the state.
“With the thoughts of (late Sena founder) Balasaheb Thackeray, the teachings of Anand Dighe, everyone’s blessings and the support of 50 MPs (who with him had rebelled against the Sena leadership last month ), I was able to see that day,” he said.
Speaking about Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Dehu in Pune last month and the ‘Palkhi Marg’ (wari pilgrimage route) project, the chief minister said that the state government will provide all facilities for the warkaris, who make pilgrimage to the temple city of Pandharpur every year.
“With the Center and the State coming together, great strength has been generated and we should take advantage of it,” he said.
The CM said that instructions have been issued to prepare a DPR (Detailed Project Report) at the earliest to provide all modern facilities to devotees of Lord Vitthal at the Pandhapur temple premises and in the city. “The state government will approve it (DPR),” he said.
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