Mumbai – Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday skipped the customary puja at the Lord Vitthal Temple in Pandharpur due to protest threats by Marathas.
Fadnavis and his wife Amruta
performed the puja at his official residence Varsha in Mumbai.
As part of a long-standing tradition, the sitting chief minister every year offers prayers at the temple dedicated to Lord Vitthal and Rukmini at Pandharpur in Solapur district, located around 400 km from Mumbai, on the occasion of ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’.
The auspicious day of performing the puja is decided as per the lunar calendar and this year it falls today.
After the chief minister performs the puja, every one else gets an entry into the temple and prayers continue for the next few months.