Mirzapur, Sep 30 (UNI) Lakhs of devotees thronged the 'shaktipeeth' on the first day of auspicious festival of Navratras and paid obeisance to goddess Vindhvasini, Kali Mata and Devi Ashtbhuja, besides taking 'parikrama' of the famous 'Trikon Yantra' here.
The much awaited Navratra mela which also started today will last till October 9 amid religious fervour and high-tech security initiated in wake of recent terrorist blasts in the national capital.
Devotees, were queuing up for a glimpse of goddess Vindhvasini since last night. This morning the temple doors were left open for 'darshan' after the 'mangal arti' The hotels, dharmshalas and lodges were jam packed since yesterday.
The Vidhyachal shrine is a 'shaktipeeth' and holds great significance in Hindu Mythology with its mention in Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, Shivcharit, Kunjika and other religious books.
The Navratra mela organised at a stretch of 14 kilometre area is grabbing attention of both the devotees and the tourists.
District administration had made unprecedented security arrangements. The mela area had been divided into eight zones and 27 sectors with zonal and sector heads.
Besides, a large number of police, commandoes, RPF, river and traffic police had been deployed for the smooth functioning at the fair and CCTV cameras planted at sensitive and most sensitive areas, DM S P Dixit said.
Parallel arrangements like 24 hour electric and water supply in the area have been made, including help booths and lost and found booths.
As a precautionary measure, bathing in river, offering coconut or splitting open coconut shell have been strictly prohibited in the mela premises.
Commandoes were deployed at 'garbhgrah' to avoid rush near the temple.
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