Agartala(Tripura), Nov 7 : Thousands of devotees from across Tripura and neighbouring Assam thronged the Tripureswari temple in Gomati district, about 60 km from here, to participate in the grand ‘Diwali Mela’ ,reported PTI.
The North East Frontier railway has introduced seven Mela special trains for the fair which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb .
Six Mela special trains from Agartala and one train from Dharmanagar, bordering Assam in North Tripura district to Udaipur in Gomati district were introduced this morning. Besides, all regular trains from Silchar in Assam and Dharmanagar would ply as usual,” the report quoted Agartala Station Master, Amit Kumar saying.
According to the report in April this year, Tripuraasundari Trust was formed and Chief Minister Biplab Deb became its Chairman while District Magistrate of Gomati was appointed its Secretary.
“The trust has taken several initiatives to decorate the mela premises with magnificent lighting and perform three-day Yajna to invoke the blessings of the goddess,” the report quoted the Media Advisor to the Chief Minister, Sanjoy Mishra saying.
Tripurasundari temple is one of the 51 “Shaktipiths” in the country and a huge mela is organised on the day of Diwali by the temple committee every year, where more than two lakh devotees gather.
Tripura Tourism Minister Pranajit Singha Roy, who hails from Udaipur town said :”The trust has taken initiative to organise Ganga Aarti similar to Haridwar and the devotees, who would conduct the puja, have already arrived in the State.
State and central paramilitary forces have been deployed, CCTV cameras installed to keep a close vigil and intelligence surveillance have been augmented to avert any mishaps , the report said.( Agencies).
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