CM reviews Chhath preparations in Jamshedpur, gives instructions on cleanliness

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Jamshedpur, Nov. 8: Chief minister Raghubhar Das reviewed Chhath preparations at the temple on Thursday. The Surya Mandir that comprises of two artificial reservoirs have been organising Chhath Puja for the last 17 years. It attracts about 30,000 Chhath devotees also known as vratis.

Das, who is also the chief patron of Sidhgora based Surya Mandir Committee, gave insturctions on cleanliness and safety.

Like every year, the Surya Mandir Committee will organise a mega musical concert in the evening of November 13. Well known singer Suresh Wadekar will perform at the Surya Mandir premises this year.

In Jamshedpur there are 20 major ghats where Chhath devotees offer arghya to the Sun God- once in the evening and once at dawn. Chhath will be celebrated between Nov 11 to Nov 14 starting with NahayKhay, the ritual of purification on the first day.

In the light of devotees traditionally offering prayers to the Sun god dipping into the river the administration has resolved to identify safe places (Chhatghats) for offering prayers at the two rivers. Besides, the administration has decided to depute divers and life jackets in adequate strength at Chhatghats.

Meanwhile several social and cultural organisations of the city have decided to set up canopies near ghats to supply essential commodities to the devotees. Administration is barricading the danger zones and also putting up sign boards to caution the revelers visiting the riverbanks.

“This year the situation is just opposite so we are making adequate arrangements to make the festival an incident free celebration,” said a district administration official. In addition to this, several of the non government agencies are carrying out cleaning drive at the riverbanks to make the place clean for the devotees. Sources informed that a three-tier security arrangement has been made for Jamshedpur under which all the ghats would be under surveillance to monitor any dangerous or criminal activity.

Besides, the deployment of 1,000 cops, metal detectors will also be used at the ‘sensitive’ ghats to keep the criminals at bay, said an official
Plain-clothed policemen at the ghats and security officials on boats would be monitoring the situation from the river as experts divers would be nearby in case of any drowning incident.

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