By Raju Vernekar
With rising graph of active Covid 19 cases, the Rama Navami, a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Rama on the ninth day of the Hindu month of Chaitra, was celebrated on subdued note in Maharashtra on Thursday.
The 109 th Rama Navami was celebrated at famous Saibaba shrine in Shirdi in Ahmednagar without “Gangajal abhishek” and in absence of devotees since the temple has been closed for devotees since 17 March. A few trustees and priests were present. The Ram Navami is being celebrated at Shirdi shrine since 1911.
At Kalaram Mandir in Nashik, the pooja and other rituals were performed only by four priests. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, enshrined inside the sanctum sanctorum in the form of a black stone idol. Besides, the idol of Lord Rama, are those of Sita Mata and Lord Lakshmana, both of them sandy black and adorned with ornaments. 90 year ago Dr. B R Ambedkar had launched a satyagriha for the entry of Dalits into the Kalaram temple.
A Mahaabhishek was offered to Lord Ram in Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari Temple at ISKCON, Juhu in North West Mumbai in presence of limited number of devotees.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on the occasion of Rama Navami on Thursday. “Heartiest greetings to the countrymen on the occasion of Ram Navami. Jai Shri Ram!” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.
The number of active Covid 19 cases rose up to 335 with 19 death in Maharashtra on Thursday. The positive cases included a mother with her newly born child. The tally of active coronavirus cases stood as : Mumbai 181, Pune (city and rural) 50 Sangli 25, Thane circle 36 (2), Nagpur 16, Yavatmal 4, Ahmednagar 8, Buldhana 4 Satara 2, Kolhapur 2, Aurangabad 1, Ratnagiri 1, Sindhudurg 1,Gondia 1, Jalgaon 1, Nashik 1, Outside Mah (Guj) 1=335/12 deaths.
In the meanwhile Jaslok Hospital located in South Mumbai, has suspended OPD services and cancelled new admissions for a few days after one of the nurses and a patient, who had come for treating bladder cancer, tested positive.