Kanya Pujan a way of showing respect to women, says CM Yogi | Allahabad News


Gorakhpur: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is also the head of Gorakshpeeth, performed Kanya Pujan at the Gorakhnath temple here on Mahanavami day on Sunday.
As part of the rituals, the CM washed the feet of nine girls, offered ‘dakshina’ and served them lunch. Girls in the age group of 1 to 5 years were invited for the ritual. Since Navami was ending at 11.45am on Sunday, Yogi performed the ritual of Kanya Pujan at 9am.
Yogi started the day with darshan of Akhand Jyoti and puja of Mata Siddhidatri and hawan. Every year, the CM fasts for nine days of Navaratra and performs puja.
After Kanya Pujan, Yogi, clad in ‘silasil’ (special robe), performed Nathji puja and paid obeisance before the statue of his late guru, Mahant Avaidyanath. Next he visited the gaushala (cowshed) in Gorakhnath temple and fed the cattle.
Wishing the people on the occasion of Mahanavami and Dussehra, which fell on the same day on Sunday, Yogi said, “Kanya Pujan is a tradition of Sanatan Dharma to show respect towards women. It shows the belief of Sanatan Dharma in daughters and girls. Festivals motivate us to follow the path of righteousness. Lord Ram established Ram Rajya in Tretayug. Ram Rajya means no discrimination on the lines of caste, religion, creed, and language,” he added.
Urging people to stay cautious, the CM said, “Festivals bring enthusiasm and happiness but we need to be careful and must follow the Covid protocols. We have controlled the coronavirus to a large extent but we need to be careful. Josh mein hosh na khoyen (don’t be callous amid enthusiasm),” he said.
“The central government under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi is trying to realise the dream of Ram Rajya with the motto “Sabka saath sabka vikas,” he added.
Later in the evening, Yogi led the traditional Shobha Yatra from Gorakhnath Temple to Ramlila ground like every year on Dussehra.
On its way, the yatra was accorded welcome by people, including the Muslim community. Owing to the Covid pandemic, the CM was seated in a car instead of a Rath and accepted people’s greetings with folded hands. The Shobha Yatra was taken out amid tight security, with police keeping vigil with the help of drones.
After the yatra reached the Ramlila ground, Yogi performed Dev Vigrah puja at the Mansarovar temple and did Rajtilak of Lord Ram.
Addressing the public at the Ramlila ground, Yogi praised PM Modi for timely imposition of the lockdown in March as it helped contain Covid spread. “Lockdown gave us time to plan for rescue and recovery work. At present, 80 crore people are getting free ration, 12 crore farmers have benefited under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Nidhi scheme and 87 lakh differently abled people and women are getting pension,” he said.
During Shobha Yatra , security arrangements were very tight and from Gorakhnath temple to Mansarovar, a police constable was deployed at each terrace and police officials divided the security of Shobha Yatra in three zones and since 2 pm heavy vehicles were not allowed at Shobha Yatra.

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