Shravan, the month of fast and prayers to Lord Shiva, draws to a close on Thursday. Temples across the city have made special plans to mark the day. While some will have special aarti, a few others have organised yatra of Lord Shiva.
Shravan being the most pious month for Hindus, new elements were seen at temples, including the 18-feet-tall shivling at Bileshwar Mahadev temple in Satellite and a special tour to Somnath by Bhalkeshwar Mahadev temple of Khokhra.
Speaking to dna, trustee of Bhalkeshwar Mahadev Trust, Kamlesh Patel said, “We will be taking out a yatra of Lord Shiva to mark the last day. We believe that Lord should visit every devotee’s house on the last day, for which ‘Mahadevji ki yatra’ has been organised.”
The temple has been organising such yatras for last 15 years. The yatra covers the entire Khokhra area. It will roll out at 8 pm on Thursday after the evening aarti.
On the other hand, a city-based group is working on creating a replica of Amarnath shrine in the city.
Huge chunks of ice slabs will be used and a shivling made of ice will be kept for darshan for devotees. Speaking to dna, one of the members of Pankaj Society Mitr Mandal, Atul Shah said, “The huge ice shivling will be surrounded by ice slabs for devotees to walk on it. There will also be caves made of ice, creating the same atmosphere as in Amarnath.” The venue for this shivling will Ramji temple in Paldi.
Similarly, Bileshwar temple will organise a special aarti and special pooja for those affected by sarp dosha.
However, the joy of Shravan seems to have eluded sweet and farsan shops in the city.
With sales being low, business this year has not been as usual for them. Blame it on dwindling economy, the innovative faraali products prepared by farsaan shops were not noticed much. Ashwin Mehta, owner of a popular sweet shop in the city, said, “We had introduced a wide range of faraali items, but somehow could not sell much. The sales were 20% lower than last year.”