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Saptshrungi shrine to give helmets to devotees

The temple atop Nanduri hill is providing helmets to visiting devotees as precautionary measure, keeping in view the recent landslide that injured three persons in the shrine.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Nasik
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2008 01:08 PM IST

Authorities of Shree Saptshrungi Devi temple atop Nanduri hill have decided to provide helmets to visiting devotees as a precautionary measure, keeping in view the recent landslide that injured three persons in the shrine.

Shree Saptshrungi Nivasini Devi Trust in Kalwan taluka took the decision to arm the people visiting the shrine with helmets during a meeting yesterday, trust sources said today.

The decision comes after three persons were injured in a landslide incident on Sunday night at the temple, which has been closed since the day for clearing the debris and repair work, sources added.

However, the implementation of the decision seems difficult during the festival of Navratri and Chaitra Poornima, when lakhs of pilgrims from different parts of the state, especially from Khandesh region visit this famous shrine.

Besides, it was also decided in the meeting that private buses will not be allowed to ply on the 10-km stretch of Nanduri Ghat during the night and special buses of state road transport corporation will carry piligirms to the temple.

The move came after 40 devotees from Mumbai were killed and equal number of them were injured on January 20 when a private luxary bus fell down into a deep gorge here, trust sources said adding that it will construct a protection wall in the premises of ward off untoward incidents.

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