Agencies: For the next three days, Yogi Adityanath will be in the role of the head priest of Gorakhnath Temple. He will stay at the temple and perform special pujas daily till the ninth of Navratra. Inspector general of police (law and order) Hari Ram Sharma said a statewide alert had been sounded in view of Dussehra and Muharram.
“Since Gorakpur region is sensitive, Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel, along with the civil police, have been deployed in the area. The CM will be provided security as per the protocol,” Sharma said.
SSP, Gorakhpur, Satyarth Aniruddha Pankaj said adequate force would be deployed on the procession route. Continuing the decades old tradition, Yogi will lead a ‘shobha yatra’ from the temple in Gorakhpur on Vijay Dashmi (Dussehra). The procession will pass through the busy areas of the city and culminate at Mansarovar Ramleela ground, temple sources confirmed.
On Tuesday evening, Yogi worshipped Maa Katyayni, the sixth manifestation of goddess Durga. On the eighth day of Navratra, Yogi will participate in ‘shastra pujan’ (worship of weapons) and after performing ‘havan’ on the ninth day, he will hold a feast for children.
“Successive priests of Gorakhnath Temple, including Mahant Digvijaynath and Mahant Avaidyanath, have followed this tradition and led ‘shobha yatras’ on Vijay Dashmi. Yogi has also been leading this procession since he was anointed as the chief priest in 2014 after the demise of Mahant Avaidyanath,” said Vinay Gautam, PRO of the temple.