Chandigarh, July 8– The Haryana Government has decided to commemorate two centuries of the foundation of Shri Mata Mansa Devi Temple in a befitting manner. A series of cultural and religious functions will be organized every month to mark the occasion.
These and other decisions were taken at the 16th meeting of Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, in Panchkula, today.
On the proposal of the Board to invite the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, for the second century celebrations on the occasion of Navratri Mela, the Chief Minister asked officers to send a request to the Prime Minister’s Office at the earliest. Besides, the Central Government would also be requested to issue a postage stamp to commemorate the second century celebrations of Mata Mansa Devi Temple.
The Chief Minister said that all Sanskrit Mahavidyalayas in the state would be affiliated with the Sanskrit University proposed to be set up in Mundari village of Kaithal district. He also directed the Chief Secretary to accelerate the process of getting the Gurukuls affiliated with the Haryana School Education Board.
On the issue of maintaining cleanliness on the shrine premises, especially during the Mela, the Chief Minister directed a study on the technical feasibility of covering the nullah close to the main entry of the temple. Besides, proper sanitation and cleanliness should be maintained on the complex, he added.
While reviewing the progress of the solar energy project being set up at the Shrine Board office, the Chief Minister said that the state government was promoting generation of solar energy in a big way. "We have to increase the solar power generation both at SMMDSB Panchkula, and at Shri Kali Mata Temple, Kalka", he said.
He directed that Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, to examine the Vigilance inquiry report on gold and silver jewellery and recommend action against the officers held guilty.
The Chief Minister also approved the proposal to hike the normal hawan charges from Rs 1001 to Rs 2100 on the premises of Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine, Panchkula. He also approved the proposal to construct a toilet block behind the Yagyashala between Puja Bhawan and Yagyashala at a cost of Rs 5.5 lakh to facilitate general public.
The Chief Minister also approved a proposal to give the main inside dome of the temple a new look. A five-kg gold chatra will be installed inside the dome in the shrine. The other available quantity of gold would be used for purchasing gold bonds from the State Bank of India which would bring the Board a return of 2.25 per cent. He also approved a proposal to construct an old age home behind Luxmi Bhawan at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore.
It was informed at the meeting that live aarti was being telecasted daily at 6 a.m. at Janta TV. Efforts are being made to telecast the same on some other channels. It was decided that the chief pujari will remain present during the morning and evening prayers and a uniform dress code will be applicable to all pujaris as per their convenience.
The Board also approved construction of a complete shed on the temple of Lord Shiva in Kalka. It also approved budget of more than Rs 18.87 crore for financial year 2016-17.
The Urban Local Bodies Minister Mrs. Kavita Jain, MLAs Mr Gian Chand Gupta and Mrs Latika Sharma, Chief Secretary Mr D.S. Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Rajesh Khullar, Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Mr Anil Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, Mr V.G. Goel, and other members of the Board were also present at the meeting.