UP: Several lakh throng Kashi, Mathura and Ayodhya to welcome New Year

Over ten lakh people reached in each of these three cities to welcome the New Year on Sunday.

Rashmi SharmaUpdated: Monday, January 02, 2023, 06:16 PM IST
article-image
Scenes at Hanuman Garhi in Ayodhya on the first day of the year. | Social Media

Lucknow: To give an auspicious start to the New Year, several lakh people thronged religious cities of Uttar Pradesh- Ayodhya, Varanasi and Mathura.

Leaving behind the historical and other important places, number of visitors to the religious towns of Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi have created a new record. Over ten lakh people reached in each of these three cities to welcome the New Year on Sunday.

Ayodhya, Mathura witness huge crowds on New Year

In Ayodhya alone, around ten lakh people performed Puja at Hanuman Garhi and Ram temple surpassing previous year’s record of 5.5 lakh. Similar was the scene at Mathura, where a large number of people arrived to greet the New Year. According to officials, heavy rush of devotees was seen at Banke Bihari temple where despite restrictions for elderly people and children around ten lakh people performed Puja on December 31 night and Sunday morning.

In the wake of recent incident of stampede during the Krishna Janamashtmi, the administration had made elaborate arrangement for the devotees in Mathura. The officials informed that a large number of people from Gujrat, Rajasthan and Delhi had arrived holy city of Mathura to greet the New Year.

Over 6 lakh visit Kashi Vishwanath temple on Sunday

In Varanasi, breaking all previous records, over six lakh devotees visited the Kashi Vishwanath temple on Sunday. Last year around five lakh people had visited Kashi Vishwanath on New Year’s Day. The hotels and motels in Varanasi were jam-packed and so was the scene at the guest houses. Officials in Varanasi said that on the New Year ’s Eve, the crowd made a record and there was a footfall of around ten lakh people in the city. The Ganga Arti on both Saturday & Sunday witnessed record attendance. Other than Kashi Vishwanath temple, a large number of devotees visited Sankat Mochan and Kaal Bhairav temples of Varanasi.

Heavy rush at construction site of Ram temple

The temple city of Ayodhya witnessed largest turnout on the New Year ’s Day with more than ten lakh people arriving here to perform Puja. According to the Superintendent of Police City (SP City), Madhuban Singh around 6 to 8 people had visited the temples by 6 PM on Sunday. Of these maximum had performed Puja at the famous Hanuman Garhi. At the construction site of Ram temple in Ayodhya there was heavy rush of people. However, unlike Mathura and Varanasi, the hotels and guest houses in Ayodhya were not full as most of people who visited here, had returned by the evening. 

(If you have a story in and around Mumbai, you have our ears, be a citizen journalist and send us your story here. )

(To receive our E-paper on WhatsApp daily, please click here.  To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Coast Guard ready to boost its ship-shore launch prowess

Coast Guard ready to boost its ship-shore launch prowess

Bihar: 'Abusive' IAS officer KK Pathak issues clarification, but does not issue an apology

Bihar: 'Abusive' IAS officer KK Pathak issues clarification, but does not issue an apology

Bail conditions may be relaxed if bonds not produced in a month, SC to courts

Bail conditions may be relaxed if bonds not produced in a month, SC to courts

Visva Bharati hits back at Mamata Banerjee: 'She sees through ears, should use her brain'

Visva Bharati hits back at Mamata
Banerjee: 'She sees through ears, should use her brain'

RTI activists to reach out to citizens against Digital Personal Data Protection Bill

RTI activists to reach out to citizens against Digital Personal Data Protection Bill