Pune lockdown: Dagdusheth Ganpati Temple may open after June 8

ST Staff
Sunday, 31 May 2020

Punekars can now seek blessings from Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati which is considered as an epitome of pride and honour of the city.

The central government on Saturday released new guidelines regarding the fifth phase of the lockdown in the country. Pune, which is one of the badly hit cities in the country due to the contagion will be under lockdown till June 30.

Amid the outbreak, there is a piece of good news for all Punekars. The people in the city can now seek blessings from Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati which is considered as an epitome of pride and honour of the city.

The central government has allowed reopening the religious places from June 8. After the state releases its advisory, people can visit the temple.

On the backdrop of rising cases of coronavirus in Pune, the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Trust on March 16, had taken the decision of not allowing devotees in the temple following the instructions from the state government.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Ashok Godse, President, Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple Trust said, "We are waiting for orders from the administration and there are few guidelines that will be coming based on which we will be making decisions. At present, there is a good response for online E-darshan of Bappa which is streaming live for citizens round the clock.”

Hemant Rasne, Standing Committee Chairman's of Pune Municipal Corporation and Trustee of the temple said, "We welcome and appreciate the decision by the Government. Though the temple is not situated under the containment area, there is no issue of keeping it close but it is located in the prime location of the city. There are chances that Maharashtra state government will be sharing additional precautionary measure guidelines based on which we will follow and plan to reopen to the public largely."

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