Rush of devotees at prominent Hindu shrines in Himachal

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Devotees assembled at prominent Hindu shrines in Himachal Pradesh yesterday in large number with the beginning of nine days ‘Chaitra Navratras’ as this community considered this period auspicious.

Deputy Commissioner C. Paulrasu told media persons that special security arrangements have been made by the administration at major ‘Shakti peeths’ like Brajeshwari Devi, Jwalamukhi and Chamunda Devi (in Kangra district) during the festival.

He said that closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at the temples to manage the crowd. Similarly, the popular shrines, Naina Devi in Bilaspur district and Chintpurni in Una district witnessed a huge rush.

During the Navratras, people would be able to have live ‘darshan’ of Brajeshwari, Jwalamukhi and Chamunda Devi on www.divineindia.com. Even the devotees can perform prayers and give offerings in Naina Devi shrine, which is one of the busiest shrines in north India, the hilltop Naina Devi shrine saw a majority of the pilgrims mainly from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi.

Director General of Police B. Kamal Kumar said that sufficient forces have been deployed around various shrines in advance as different shrines have different requirements to avert incidents of stampedes and pick pocketing etc.

He said that about 500 police jawans have been deployed on various shrines of Kangra district. The entry of heavy vehicles have been banned in the Kangra market from April 11 to 19, 2013.

Meanwhile, as a precaution against terrorist attack, a ban on offering coconuts in these temples would continue, police officer said.