A destination for thousands of devotees during the Navratri Festival, Pune’s Chaturshrungi Temple is not only going to keep its door open 24x7, but has also gone for a tech makeover to assure better administration, and make the temple more people-friendly. The festive celebrations started on Saturday with Ghatasthapana, and will go on till October 18 that is Kojagiri full moon day.
Nandkumar Angal, managing trustee at the temple says, “We are expecting at least eight to 10 lakhs visitors during the 10 days of the festival. And so, a special emphasis has been made on making it people-friendly.” Over the ten days of Navratri, the temple will be offering facilities such as water heater, water cooler and mobile washrooms for the devotees within the temple premises.
In house radio station
Angal says that the temple has also set-up a radio station within its premises to assist security guards and the devotees. “There will be an RJ, who will not play devotional music but also help the security and public in various activities,” he adds. Angal adds that the temple authorities have also introduced a few changes in the method of celebrating the festival, all while keeping the traditional values intact, to attract more corporate visitors.
Safety and security arrangements
Angal says that the security of the temple venue has also been beefed up to ensure the safety of the devotees. Along with the government-appointed police forces -- 200 police officials and 25 home guards -- there will also be an additional 25 private security guards for control and surveillance of the premises. As a precautionary measure, 16 CCTV cameras have also been installed at strategic locations within the temple premises.
Also present at the venue will be 50 volunteers from Anniruddha Seva Kendra to ensure a smooth running of the festival. Apart from this there will be a fire-brigade, ambulance and health centre with doctors ready to tackle any unfortunate incident. The temple authorities have also signed up for an insurance cover of Rs 2 crore for the devotees.
The temple authorities have decided go for “no-plastic” policy on all days of the festival. They will be distributing paper bags in the temple premises. Also, Green Hill, a local organisation will collect all the nirmalaya, and recycle it to make fertilizer for the trees around the hill. Volunteers will also be working all day to maintain the cleanliness of the temple site.
Still no ropeway, though
Though the temple has an all-new radio station and improved security, the work on the proposed ropeway on the hill of the temple is still waiting for governmental approval. Hopefully, it will see daylight at least before the next festive season.
Parking Visitors can park their vehicles at the nearby Government Polytechnic College ground.