Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jagatguru Sreesanth Tukaram Maharaj temple in Maharashtra’s Pune district on June 14, the temple trust has decided not to allow devotees inside the sanctum sanctorum of the main Lord Vitthal temple till Tuesday evening. However, devotees can have darshan from the ‘Kirtan Mandap’ of the temple of Lord Vitthal. An official said on Sunday that the trust has taken this decision for the cleaning and maintenance of the temple before the Prime Minister’s visit.
“Since the cleaning work is going on inside the sanctum sanctorum, we have decided not to allow the devotees (Lord Vitthal) inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. Devotees can take darshan from the kirtan mandap of the temple,” said Nitin More, the chief trustee of the temple. He said that entry into the sanctum sanctorum would be restricted for devotees from Sunday till the evening of June 14.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Modi will inaugurate the Jagatguru Sreesanth Tukaram Maharaj temple at around 1:45 pm on Tuesday. Sant Tukaram was a Varkari saint and poet, known for his abhanga devotional poetry and community-oriented worship through spiritual songs known as ‘Kirtan’. He lived in Dehu. A rock temple was built after his death, but it was not formally built like a temple, the statement said. It is built in stone masonry with 36 peaks, and also houses a statue of Saint Tukaram.