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Dry fruits bought in bulk to mark Simhastha rot at Mahakal temple

Reports of huge quantity of dry fruits used in worship getting rotten at Mahakal Temple has exposed laxity of the temple management as collector Sanket Bhondve has asked officials of Food and Drug administration to sort material unfit for human consumption.

indore Updated: Nov 26, 2016 10:34 IST
The Simhastha fair was held in April-May this year.
The Simhastha fair was held in April-May this year.(HT File Photo)

Reports of huge quantity of dry fruits used in worship getting rotten at Mahakal Temple has exposed laxity of the temple management as collector Sanket Bhondve has asked officials of Food and Drug administration (FDA) to sort material unfit for human consumption.

“I think the portion to be discarded would be negligible. Such food items usually rot during rainy season and need to be kept in sunlight to dry,” said Bhondve.

Sources said the temple administration had bought 150 quintals of dried dates, 20 quintals of almond and 30 quintals of cashew nut for the Simhastha fair held in April-May this year. Even after having a handsome turnover, the committee still has over 30 quintals of dry fruit stored in sacks at the prasad manufacturing unit on Chintaman Road.

Recently, workers found that the stock is rotting after which the fruits have been kept to dry under sunlight.

The collector said devotees need not shy away from procuring prasad as no sub-standard or contaminated article has been or will be used in making the prasad.

The temple committee prepares prasad by mixing dried dates, almond, cashew, sugar and sells it at a rate of Rs 300 a kilogram.