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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray prays for miracle, visits Pandhanpur to perform pooja

Thackeray was accompanied by his wife Rashmi Thackeray and son Aaditya Thackeray, who is a cabinet minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray prays for miracle, visits Pandhanpur to perform pooja
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Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday visited Pandharpur in Solapur district and performed ‘mahapooja’ of Lord Vitthal and Goddess Rukmini on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi. 

Thackeray was accompanied by his wife Rashmi Thackeray and son Aaditya Thackeray, who is a cabinet minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra. 

The Chief Minister performed the annual pooja at 2:30 in the morning and prayed for a miracle to save ‘human beings’ from the coronavirus pandemic. After performing the pooja, Thackeray said that he prayed to see a miracle as human beings have given up. 

“We don’t have medicine. How do we carry on with life with a cloth strip covering our faces? I prayed to God to make Maharashtra and the country free of the coronavirus,” he said. 

Each year, lakhs of devotees of Lord Vitthal (warkaris) from across Maharashtra and other states start their journey to visit the temple in Solapur on Ashadhi Ekadashi. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak and curfew in place, only a handful of devotees were seen. 

The state administration had cancelled the annual wari pilgrimage in which lakhs of devotees walk to Pandharpur. The Thackeray performed the pooja along with a Warkari couple from Chinchpur-Pangul village in Pathardi taluka of Ahmednagar district. 

Thackeray had earlier appealed the devotees to not take part in the wari procession but to offer prayers from home instead. 

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