Yesterday, Nashik observed a gusty start in Navaratra celebrations. First day of Navaratra known as ‘Ghatasthapana’ is celebrated on ‘Pratipada’ Thithi which is the first day of Indian month of Ashvin. ‘Pratipada’ thithi began on 5:40am on October 1 and continued till 7:45am on October 2. On this day, people install Kalash to mark the beginning of 9 day rituals.
Many cultural events started yesterday on all temples dedicated to Goddess Durga and Lord Venkateshwara. Nashik’s town deity ‘Bhadrakali’ in Kalika Mandir situated at Mumbai Naka will stay as the chief enticement during these 9 days of Navaratra celebrations. Temple trusts have decided to provide an insurance cover for safety of devotees and securities have been beefed up throughout the city to prevent any irregularities. Superintendent of police Pradeep Deshpande said, “Instructions wanting to intensify the security has been passed to all police stations in the state.”
Kalika temple got crowded with devotees coming all the way from different district, yesterday. By 7:30pm, the Kalika fair beamed with crowd of children, near the temple ignited with lights. The evening rushed with purveyors selling playthings made the view even more striking with festal mood. The temple committee is expecting a further rise in visitors in coming days.
To regulate the smooth flow of traffic in city during the festival, traffic is being closely monitored by traffic police especially near the Kalika fair. A ban on vehicular traffic has been imposed on certain roads creating alternate roads and diversions.