Lucknow, March 21: The day when new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath took charge of his office, a group of Hindu seers and priests performed purifying rituals at the chief minister's official residence, located at 5 Kalidas Marg, Lucknow, on Monday.
"Uttar Pradesh: Purifying rituals performed outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence at 5 Kalidas Marg, Lucknow," tweeted ANI.
Talking to reporters, Narayan Mishra, priest of Gorakhnath temple, who was part of the rituals, said, "Pooja (prayer) was done for two and a half hours for purification and destroying dosh (bad omen) present in the bungalow." "We performed greh pravesh pooja (house warming ceremony) and prayed for the betterment of the state," added Rohit Mishra, another priest from Gorakhnath temple.
According to reports, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister is expected to enter the bungalow only at an auspicious time which is being finalised. The performance of Hindu rituals at the chief minister's residence did not come as a surprise to anyone as Adityanath himself is a priest and is the current mahant (head priest) of the Gorakhnath temple.
The five-time Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur, who was sworn in as the 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, stayed at the VVIP Guest House in Lucknow on Sunday and has decided not to enter the bungalow without conducting prayers and purification rituals like Yagna.
Even before dawn broke on Monday, seven priests from Gorakhpur and Allahabad trooped into the chief minister's official residence for conducting prayers. Adityanath, 44 , was not present during the prayers, said reports.