A large number of devotees offered prayers at the Kali temple here on the penultimate day of the Navratras.
Administration officials said that till Thursday evening, as many as 25,000 bottles of liquor, 50 bucklings, and 11 roosters were handed over to the administration after offerings by devotees.
Devotees thronged the temple since early morning and long queues of people were seen on the roads even in the scorching sun. Eighth Navratra holds special importance in Hindu religion as ‘Ashtami’ and ‘kanjak pooja’ is celebrated on this day.
The temple, situated on the Mall Road near Baradari gardens, attracts devotees from all religions.
Devotees also offer mustard oil, dal (lentil), sweets, coconuts, bangles and chunnis and flowers at the temple.
Special arrangements have been made by the administration in the city to handle the rush with the help of the police and volunteers from several Hindu organisations and NGOs.
Deputy commissioner Ramvir Singh said that the arrangements are made in advance for this day in view of a number of devotees visiting the temple on this day.
He added that medical and other emergency services such as firefighters, disaster management have been in place at he temple.
History of the temple
The temple was built by the Sikh ruler of the Patiala state Maharaja Bhupinder Singh in 1936. Bhupinder Singh was the ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Patiala from 1900 to 1938. He was inspired to build this temple and bring the 6-ft statue of ‘Divine Mother Kali and Paawan Jyoti’ from Bengal to Patiala and he offered ‘first bali’ (sacrifice) of a water buffalo to the temple. Common people follow the tradition till now with full faith for their wishes and aspirations. The infrastructure of the temple has been declared a national monument. A much older temple of Raj Rajeshwari is also situated in the centre of the complex.