Gorakhpur: Stating that ‘cleanliness’, ‘safety’ and ‘compassion’ should be top priorities during festivities, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday extended his best wishes to the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Maha Navami and Vijayadashami (Dussehra).
On the occasion of ‘Navami’, the ninth day of Navratri, in Gorakhpur, CM Yogi, who is also the head of Goraksh Peeth, performed ‘Kanya Pujan’ and offered prayers to ‘Matra Shakti’ by washing the feet of maidens.
The CM also performed ‘Aarti’, served food to the girls and gave them gifts while seeking their blessings. Following the tradition, he also performed Batuk Puja.
Yogi also interacted with the children while performing the Puja. The children also expressed their happiness and enthusiasm at being greeted by the CM himself.
After performing ‘Kanya Pujan’ at Gorakhnath temple, the CM highlighted the importance of women in Sanatan Dharma and said, “The worship of Goddess Durga during nine days twice a year is symbolic of Sanatan Dharma’s respect for women power and girls. Kanya Pujan on Navami marks the importance of Matra Shakti,” he said.
Yogi said that Navami of Vasantik Navratri marks the birth of ‘Maryada Purushottam Lord Shri Ram’, while during Sharadiya Navratri, ‘Dashami’ marks the victory of Lord Rama. “Navratri and Vijayadashami remind us that following the path of truth, righteousness and justice always leads to victory,” he said.
The CM said that Navratri celebrations were not taking place as grandly since two years due to the covid pandemic, however, as the pandemic remains in control with the blessings of the almighty, the celebrations are being done with great fervour this time.
He said that safety measures are being given the utmost importance at all the Durga Puja pandals and temples during the festival by administration. He also urged the public to celebrate safely and responsibly.
He said, “The puja committees should ensure compliance with all types of safety standards including cleanliness, and fire safety. No mismanagement or stampede-like situation should arise.”