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When the clock strikes 12, they fast in Mumbai

Vaishnavi Vasudevan, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 31, 2012
First Published: 02:16 IST(31/12/2012) | Last Updated: 02:18 IST(31/12/2012)

After 95 years, Angariki Chaturthi is falling on the first day of the English calendar.


“The day is very auspicious so we will fast even though it is New Year’s Eve. My family has no extended plans this New Year. Celebrations will end at midnight,” said Sneha Chougule, 23, a Parel resident who usually goes out every New Year’s Eve.

Another devotee, Sanjay Bhosle, 20, will attend a Kakad aarti on January 1 at Siddhivinayak temple along with his college mates.

“Every Angariki Chaturthi, I visit Siddhivainyak temple and this time I am glad my friends are joining me as well,” he said. 

“For once, we don’t mind skipping the New Year celebrations.”

Siddhivinayak temple is expecting more than 22 lakh devotees on the auspicious day. “Preparations have begun and we will keep the temple open the whole day,” said Subhash Mayekar, chairman of Siddhivinayak Trust. “Mandaps are being built for the devotees and the temple will be decorated with colourful lights. Provision for food, water and medical aid has already been arranged on the premises.”

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