Large number of devotees throng temples on Ramnavami

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New Delhi/Surat, Sep. 27 (ANI): Thousands of devotees visited the Jhandewalan temple to offer prayers on the occasion of Ram Navami, the ninth day of Navratri festival on Sunday.

The devotees, converging in large numbers with families and friends, made a beeline at the Jhandewalan temple on Sunday to offer prayers to Goddess Vaishno.

"I was on fast for all nine days of Navratris. I visited temple everyday in the morning. Our day starts by performing a Puja and lighting an earthen lamp before the idol of the goddess. I visit this Jhandewalan temple every year on this occasion," said Shaili, a devotee at the temple.

The devotees who fast during the Navratras organise "Kanya-pujan" at home by feeding the girl children and organise Puja at home.

In Gujarat's Surat city, thousands of devotees gathered at the Umiyadham temple to participate in the Maha Aarati on Ashtami, the eighth day of Navaratri on Saturday.

The serpentine crowd of devotees was seen in the temple decked up with colourful lights, just after dusk.

Chanting hymns and devotional songs, devotees offered prayers to the goddess, by performing the Maha Aarati holding earthen lamps in their hands.

"More than 20,000 devotees have participated in this Maha Aarati with earthen lamps in their hands. On this occasion we pray to the Goddess, that the scare of swine flu prevailing in Gujarat ay come to an end," said Vivekbhai Patel, organiser of Maha Aarati at Umiyadham temple, Surat. (ANI)

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