CM Yogi to perform Kanya & Batuk Pujan, distribute gifts and ‘dakshina’ on October 4

CM to lead Vijayadashami procession from a chariot at Gorakhnath Temple at 4pm


Gorakhpur, October 3: Chief Minister and the Head of Gorakshpeeth Yogi Adityanath will offer his prayers to the ‘Matri Shakti’ (mother power) by washing the feet of maidens on the ninth day of Shardiya Navratri on Tuesday morning and then ride a chariot to lead the traditional Vijayadashami procession leaving from the Gorakhnath temple in the afternoon.

Prior to the procession, ‘tilkotsava’ of the CM will take place at Gorakhnath temple while at the end of the journey, he will be worshiped by saints for being the Gorakshpeethadhishwar, as per tradition.

Earlier, at the outset of Ram Navmi festival, CM Yogi had placed the Kalash at Shaktipeeth, located on temple premises. He is again staying at the temple since Sunday (October 2). On Sunday, he completed the Havan and the ritual of Mahanisha Puja to honour the occasion of Ashtami (eighth day). On Monday also, the Chief Minister offered his prayers to Jagatjanani Maa Adishakti.

CM Yogi will perform Kanya Pujan (worship of unmarried girls) at 8 am on Tuesday after offering his prayers to Goddess Siddhidatri, the ninth form of Maa Durga, on the occasion of Navami. According to the tradition, he will wash the feet of the unmarried girls and put tilak on their foreheads with roli, sandalwood, curd, and Akshat.

CM Yogi will then serve food to the girls with full devotion and also give them dakhsina (donations) and gifts while seeking their blessings. Batuk Puja (young boys) will also be performed as per tradition on the occasion of Navmi and the boys will receive donations from the CM.

Besides, CM Yogi will offer his special prayers to Shrinathji and to all the deities. The Tilakotsav programme of Gorakshpeethadhishwar will be celebrated in the Tilak Hall of Gorakhnath temple from 1pm to 3pm. During this programme, Gorakshpeethadhishwar Yogi Adityanath will bless the devotees.

The grand Vijayadashami procession will be taken out at 4 pm onward with CM Yogi seated on the chariot with the blessings of Guru Gorakshanath. The procession of Gorakshpeethadhishwar will reach Mansarovar temple amidst the sounds of trumpets, drums and bands where he will worship Devadhidev Mahadev and other deities at the Mansarovar temple attached to the Gorakshpeeth.

Later, the CM’s procession will reach Mansarovar Ramlila Maidan where he will perform the coronation of Lord Shri Ram at the ongoing Ramlila here. Aarti will also be performed after offering prayers to Lord Shri Ram, Mata Janaki, Lakshman and Hanumanji. Subsequently, the procession will return to Gorakhnath temple where from 7 pm onward, distribution of traditional prasad will be organised in front of Digvijaynath Smriti Bhavan. A large number of people, including rich and poor and irrespective of caste and religion will join the feast.

CM Yogi will also settle disputes of sainth at Gorkashpeeth. According to the tradition of Nathpanth, every year on the occasion of Vijayadashami, the disputes of saints are settled by the Peethadheeshwar in Gorakhnath temple. Chief Minister and Gorakshpeethadhishwar Yogi Adityanath is also the president of Nathpanth’s apex body Akhil Bharatvarshi Avadhoot Bhesh Barah Panth Yogi Mahasabha and his position is that of a magistrate in the organisation. Before the settlement of disputes, saints will worship Yogi Adityanath in the form of a deity as per tradition.

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