The Mumbai traffic police and Siddhivinayak Temple Trust authorities are all geared up for Angarki Chaturthi, which falls on May 28. Around 20 lakh devotees are expected to throng the temple on Tuesday.
The darshan will begin on Monday from 1.30 am to 3.15 am and then from 3.50 am to 10 pm. The darshan will continue from 10.55 pm to 2 am on Tuesday. “The puja will begin from 12.10 pm with the aarti and there will be separate queues for men and women,” said Mangesh Shinde, chief executive officer, Siddhivinayak Trust Temple.
To help manage the crowds, 3,000 volunteers have been roped in. A bus will also be arranged in Dadar so that there isn’t too much traffic around the temple. People can avail of basic facilities such as drinking water and mobile toilets at the site.
Parents with children below the age of two years, physically-disabled people and pregnant women will be provided direct entry to avoid the long queues. “This year’s major highlight is that we are encouraging people to bring old pictures or any old information that they have about the Siddhivinayak temple. We want to document these pictures and information for posterity,” added Shinde.
Road block guide
Due to the large-scale congregation at and around Prabhadevi, traffic will be affected on May 27 and May 28 at SVS Road, SK Bole Road, Gokhale Road, Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg, Sayani Road and Appasaheb Marathe Marg, warned the traffic police officials.
Also, several roads will be closed due to traffic between 6am to 12am on May 28. Entry of vehicles will be banned on SK Bole road and NM Kale Road from Gokhale road. Also entry of vehicles on SK Bole road from Agar Bazaar junction will be banned. Entry of vehicles on SK Bole road will be allowed only from Siddhivinayak Junction and entry of vehicles on Shankar Ghanekar road from Leningrad junction will also be banned on May 28.