Tight security for Mahashivratri
In view of an expected large gathering of devotees at the important Shiva temples on the occasion of Mahashivratri on Tuesday, the Dehradun district administration and police have put into place foolproof security arrangements, especially at Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple, which is expected to draw thousands. This year, Mahashivratri would be celebrated on two days- Tuesday and Wednesday. Many of the devotees of Lord Shiva would take up the ritualistic fast on both the days.
Manisha, a devotee, said that she would keep fast and offer prayer to Lord Shiva at Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple on Wednesday while Punam Bisht, a government school teacher from Raipur, said that Tuesday being the government-declared holiday, she would offer prayer a at temple on Tuesday. “A priest has suggested me to offer obeisance to the Lord on Tuesday,” she added.
A priest of a temple located on Survey Chowk said that there is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, falling on the month's 13th night and 14th day.
“It marks a period when we can strive to end the darkness of ignorance within and light the mind with the divine knowledge. Lord Shiva who is kind to all bestows one with his blessing when the Lord is rightly invoked. Fasting undertaken on the occasion strengthens self-restraint,” he added.
SP City PK Rai said that elaborate security arrangements have been put into place with the deployment of additional forces at Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple and other important temples in the city. Traffic plan has also been drafted with the commuters being directed to follow the traffic routes to avoid inconvenience.
Kotwali circle officer Chandra Mohan said that a temporary police post has been set at Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple as a mela would start on Monday. “It would continue till February 19.
Devotees would start offering prayer from 12 pm on Tuesday. In order to ensure smooth flow of traffic, adequate traffic police have been deployed at important places in the city,” he added.
Haridwar police SSP Krishan Kumar VK said that a large number of devotees from neighbouring districts and the states have started thronging the city on the eve of Mahashivratri from Monday. Police forces in adequate numbers have been deployed at various temples. In all, 13 sub-inspectors, three head constables, 71 constables, 16 women constables and two companies of PAC jawans have been deputed at various ghats and temples in the holy city to ensure a peaceful celebration of the festival.
He further said that the sensitive and highly sensitive localities and routes had been identified and police have been deployed there.
A large number of policemen would be deployed in civil dress while the number of intelligence wing personnel would also be increased to keep a sharp eye on each and every activity at crowded places and in the city, he added.
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