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Maharashtra CM offers prayers at Pandharpur

Last updated on: July 1, 2012 00:30 IST

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Lakhs of devotees congregated at the temple town of Pandharpur on Saturday to witness the maha puja of Lord Vitthal and Rukhmini on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and his wife Satyashila performed the maha puja (grand prayer) at Lord Vitthal temple.

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Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh was among those present on the occasion. Singh has been attending the annual ritual for several years.

Chavan announced that his government would initiate steps to expedite the development of Pandharpur, located in Solapur district of Western Maharashtra.

The committee managing the affairs of the temple would be reconstituted soon, he said.

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Ekadashi marks the culmination of the pilgrimage, called waari, that devotees undertake from across the state on foot to reach the temple town.

In Mumbai, large crowds gathered at Vitthal Temple in Wadala to perform puja on the auspicious occasion.

Arrangements were made to ensure smooth traffic flow in the area.

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