Chandigarh, December 26 – On the occasion of the Solar Eclipse, lakhs of devotees from India, different States and the neighboring country Nepal braved the winter chill to bathe in the holy water of Brahma Sarovar, at Kurukshetra.
On the year’s last solar eclipse fair, the minimum temperature was four degrees Celsius, however despite the chilly weather; devotees started thronging the town, in the wee hours to take a dip at the Sarovar, offered prayers and performed Havan for their ancestors.
The Solar Eclipse Fair-2019 was started at 8:15 am and the holy bath started at 10.15 am. The “Surya Grahan” was visible from here from 8:15 am to 10:55 am.
The visitors applauded the arrangements of lodging and security made by the District Administration and Kurukshetra Development Board for the devotees who had visited the solar eclipse fair. For this first time, a special arrangement of 10 bedded hospitals was made in the fair. Apart from this, health centers with life-saving equipment were established at 20 places.
While, this time, apart from the main information center, 35 other information centers were set up by the Information, Public Relations, and Language Department. In view of the cold weather, visitors were satisfied with the special arrangement of quilts and mattresses made by the District Administration.
Sharing more information, District Deputy Commissioner, Mr. S.S. Phulia, said that the Gita Jayanti Mahotsav had concluded on December 23, 2019, while like the Gita Jayanti Mahotsav, the district the administration had made special arrangements for solar Eclipse Fair-2019.
During the fair, Deputy Commissioner, Kurukshetra Mr. S.S. Phulia and Superintendent of Police Mrs. Aastha Modi and Chief Executive Officer of Kurukshetra Development Board and Joint Director (Administration), Information, Public Relations, and Languages Department, Mr. Gagandeep Singh kept visiting Brahma Sarovar and ensured proper arrangements so that the devotees do not face any inconvenience during the fair. The Haryana Flood Disaster Management had made special arrangements of Boats, divers, and swimmers at Brahma Sarovar to provide immediate assistance in case of any untoward incident.
A large number of devotees including men, women, and children from states including Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and devotees from neighboring country Nepal, offered prayers.
Everyone praised Haryana Government for the arrangements made for devotees, especially, cleanliness; toilets, special buses and lodging facilities made in the fair area and said that the fair will always remain memorable for them.
Meanwhile, Saints associated with different akharas also visited the fair and took a ‘shahi snan’ (royal bath) at Yudhishtira Ghat of Brahma Sarovar. A group of Naga Sadhus also held a foot march from Pehowa Ashram road to Bhram Sarovar and offered prayers at the fair.
Haryana Chief Secretary Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora on behalf of the State Government welcomed the devotees from all over the country and neighboring the country who had visited the solar eclipse fair and lauded the district administration and officials and employees of various departments for the successful organization of the fair.