Mumbai, July 4: On the occasion of ‘Ashadi-Ekadashi’, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis performed a ‘Maha-Puja’ at Pandharpur ‘Vitthal’ Mandir. Praying the Lord ‘Vitthal’ he asked for giving strength to free Maharashtra’s farmers from the burden of loan.
This year too CM attended the Lord Vitthal-Rukhmai Mandir with his Wife Amruta Fadnavis and performed a Maha-Puja early this morning, as is the custom.
Attending the Maha-Puja, Fadnavis prayed in front of Lord Vitthal-Rukhmai ‘to give the amount of rain and bless farmers with a good quantity of crop”.
Ashadhi Ekadashi is the day marks the beginning of Chaturamas (Marathi month), a period when people observe fasts. Ashadhi Ekadashi is celebrated primarily in Maharashtra especially among the members of the Warkari community.
With the chants of "Jai Hari Vitthala" and "Gyanba Tukaram", hundred of devotees filled the temple town of Pandharpur.
The temple will remain open until the midnight for devotees to offer prayers to Lord Vitthal and his wife Rakhumai.