Month-long Sawan festivities set to start in UP’s Agra

After two years, the Taj metropolis is all equipped for Sawan festivals.

The primary of those could be organised on the Rajeshwar temple right here on Monday.

These festivals will usher in month-long celebrations, with the final one scheduled at Prithvinath temple on the fourth Monday of Sawan month.

For 2 years, no celebrations had been held as a consequence of Covid.

“That is an age-old custom. It’s stated that within the nineteenth century, this a part of the nation witnessed a plague epidemic and the elders determined to carry out ‘parikrama’ (circumambulation) of 4 temples positioned in 4 instructions on the outskirts of town. Festivals had been organised at these temples one after one other, and the custom continued,” stated Mahant of Mankameshwar temple Yogesh Puri.

“The primary honest is organised at Rajeshwar temple of Lord Shiva on the primary Monday of the Sawan. The following is held at Balkeshwar temple on the banks of Yamuna. The third honest, normally the grandest in scale, is organised at Kailash Mahadev temple close to the Agra-Delhi nationwide freeway. The festivities conclude with the Prithvinath temple honest,” he stated.

“These 4 temples are believed to be saviours of town, conserving away pure calamities from the individuals who reside right here. Situated within the coronary heart of town is Mankameshwar temple, the place particular prayers are supplied on all Mondays of Sawan month,” he added.

Mahant stated that as a follow, devotees stroll to the Shiva temples in night time earlier than the honest. “So, they arrive on the temple in the course of the honest when ‘aarti’ and ‘Rudra-abhishek’ are being carried out,” stated Mahant Puri.

“The month of sawan is about rains lashing town after the extreme warmth of Might and June. These festivals add to the temper. The preferred honest has been the third one which is held at Kailash temple on banks of the river Yamuna. Prior to now, residents used to journey to the temple positioned on the outskirts of town, using on tongas,” stated Dr Neville Smith, a veteran Agra-based journalist.

Preparations at Rajeshwar temple

The Rajeshwar temple mela was inaugurated on Sunday. Police and district administration officers have been busy giving last touches to the preparations for the primary Sawan mela. CCTV cameras have been put in at numerous factors and police personnel have been deployed to make sure clean festivities.

Kiosks have been arrange within the neighborhood of the temple. A lot of devotees are anticipated to be current in the course of the ‘aarti’ at 5 am on Monday. Officers stated parking preparations had been in place and visitors could be regulated to facilitate clean motion of automobiles on the day.

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