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Mansa Devi board prepares for 400th Navratra fair, to invite PM

punjab Updated: Feb 04, 2016 00:52 IST
Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Bhartesh Singh Thakur

Shri Mata Mansa Devi shrine board is all set to celebrate its 400th Navratra fair in the first week of April with an invite to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The temple completes its 200 years of functioning this year.

Maharaja Gopal Singh of Manimajra constructed the present main temple of Shri Mansa Devi during the period 1811-1815.

According to chief executive officer of the shrine board VG Goyal, in 1816 the first Navratra fair was celebrated.

Talking about the plans, Goyal said, “We will be inviting PM Modi and all chief ministers (CMs) of the country. Besides this, there is a plan to invite 101 religious scholars on the occasion.”

Regarding the projects, which would get completed around Navratra, he said, “We want to set up a Sanskrit College at the cost of Rs 4 crore on two acres of land on the temple complex. I will see that at least classes would start by this session. We have completed the Ashtbhuji Mata temple.

The construction of old age home is going on and by the upcoming Navratras, a part of it will get ready.”

The board has also been working for providing two lifts with a capacity of 20 people each for the temple but it would take some time according to Goyal.

On the first navratra, a big havan will be held. “A proposal will also be sent to central government to issue a special coin to mark the occasion,” added Goyal.

According to the shrine board website, Mansa Devi temple used to have the patronage of Manimajra state.

After the merger of princely states into Pepsu the patronage of the state government ended and the temples remained neglected.