MP: Saturn planet to be worshipped in Shanichera Mela

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Morena, Aug 29: A big fair would be organised in the premises of ancient Shanchara temple, near Anti village 37 km from district headquarters to worship deity Shanidev -- planet and god Saturn -- on the occasion of 'Amavasya', which falls on Saturday -- a day meant for Shanidev.

Thousands of devotees would offer their prayers and pay obeisance.

It is believed that parikrama of 'Shani Parvat', a mountain of 14 km perimeter, relieved people from Shanidev's curse.

People normally dreaded of Shanidev's curse as it affects them for two-and-a-half or seven years. It brings misery and misfortunes but if Shanidev or Saturn planet is happy then it fetches fortunes.

Water arrangement has been made for devotees for bathing purpose through fountains outside the shrine premises.

Oil, which is offered to Shanidev, would be allowed in plastic packets rather in bottles and would be offered through a long pipe which ends over deity. The pipe would be laid from main gate of temple to the sanctum sanctorum.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in the temple.

Police patrolling would take place at nearby areas to shrine. In this regard a dozen executive magistrates were put on duty.

UNI

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