Pandharpur's Sri Vitthal-Rukmini temple starts online live darshan

Amidst the coronavirus lockdown, authorities at Sri Vitthal-Rukmini temple in Pandharpur decided to begin online darshan for devotees to seek blessings. The LIVE feed is available on the website and the app.

Pandharpur's Sri Vitthal-Rukmini temple starts online live darshan

Due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Government of Maharashtra had asked all the religious places in the state to close during the lockdown. This meant that the darshan and services offered by the devotees, at the temple, had stopped from March 25, 2020. Observing this, the authorities at Pandharpur's Sri Vitthal-Rukmini temple also followed the instructions, where public was not allowed in the temple to seek blessings.

Keeping the next few months in mind, officials at the temple have decided to go online, thereby offering a facility to seek darshan from home. Talking about the same, Vitthal Joshi, Executive Officer at the temple said that the committee has decided to make the online service through which one can enjoy the maha pooja, aarti, dhoop aarti and other activities performed in the temple, through online mediums. The committee also stated that the facility will be available from July 1, 2020, which marks the Ashadhi Ekadashi (Shayani Ekadashi 2020).

With this move, Pandharpur's Sri Vitthal-Rukmini temple joins the list of several other temples with the online services, and the darshan will be available on the website and the app.

The coronavirus lockdown across Maharashtra has brought several activities to a halt including the offerings and services and the religious centres. Furthermore, many Ganpati Pandals have decided not to celebrate the festival this year, in a grand manner. Mumbai's popular GSB Ganpati Mandal from Wadala was the first to announce that the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration this year has been cancelled, and the authorities will consider celebrating the Chaturthi in February 2021, during Maghi Ganeshotsav. Following this, other Ganpati mandals are also planning to take decisions regarding the ceremonies

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