People of different religious beliefs hugged and wished each other sending a message of peace and brotherhood. Hanuman Janmotsav was celebrated in Indore and neighboring districts on Saturday with great fervor, while elaborate security arrangements and close surveillance, especially in “sensitive” areas of a police party, helped maintain public order during religious processions taken by saffron outfits in different areas. .
The celebration of ‘Hanuman Janmotsav’ started late Friday evening with devotees holding ‘Bhajan Sandhya’ (hymn recitals) at major temples while the same recorded people thronged in large numbers from Saturday morning to offer their prayers to Lord Hanuman. Devotees were seen reciting ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ in temples and offering ‘Chola’ while wishing for health, wealth and peace in life.
A special ‘Kankad Aarti’ was performed at the famous Ranjeet Hanuman Mandir while the temple was decorated with the theme of ‘Hanumant Wada’, where the lord gave ‘darshan’ to devotees in ‘Baal Hanuman Roop’. Ranjeet Hanuman Temple Priest Dipesh Vyas said more than 3 lakh devotees are expected to visit the temple throughout the day on Saturday.
A similar enthusiasm among devotees visiting different Hanuman temples across Indore and Ujjain divisions was recorded, where special arrangements including the erection of sheds, the installation of coolers and the distribution of water for to provide respite to people in hot weather, were taken. In some places, people of different religious beliefs set good examples of communal harmony by offering a floral welcome to ‘Shobha Yatra’ (processions) led by saffron attire. In Indore, Bajrang Dal and other saffron outfits held processions in different areas. “A cycle rally was started from Annapurna Mandir, which ended in a Hanuman Mandir located near Karbala Maidan. Hundreds of devotees, who participated in the procession, performed ‘Arti’ in the temple,” said Bajrang Dal Vibhag Sanyojak Tannu Sharma to TOI, adding that similar processions were planned in different areas until late in the evening.
“We have deployed cops with the ‘Shobha Yatra’ to help maintain traffic and security arrangements while similar measures have been taken at major temples in the city,” said Additional Police Commissioner Manish Kapuria. TNN