Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today skipped the annual puja at the Lord Vitthal Temple in Pandharpur town due to protest threats by Marathas and instead performed rituals at his home in Mumbai.
Mr Fadnavis performed the puja at his home around 4 am.
As part of a long-standing tradition, the sitting chief minister every year offers prayers at the temple dedicated to Lord Vitthal and Rukmini at Pandharpur in Solapur district, located around 400 km from here, on the occasion of ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’.
The auspicious day of performing the puja is decided as per the lunar calendar and this year it falls today.
After the chief minister performs the puja, every one else gets an entry into the temple and prayers continue for the next few months.
Later, a similar puja is performed by the deputy chief minister or the second in rank in the state cabinet on the occasion of ‘Kartik Ekadashi’.
Some Maratha community leaders had threatened to disrupt Mr Fadnavis’ visit to Pandharpur…