Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was among the first few people who paid obeisance at the Mansa Devi shrine as the nine-day Navratras began Saturday. Hooda was accompanied by wife Asha and other family members.
Later,while interacting with mediapersons,Hooda said he has prayed for the well-being and prosperity of people and all round development of the country and the state.
The chief minister listed the number of developmental works undertaken at Mansi devi complex during the eight-and-a-half year tenure of present state government,adding that adequate facilities have been provided to the pilgrims. There has also been a considerable increase in the number of devotees visiting the temple every year, he said.
Hooda also inaugurated the first phase of Gau Dham at Mansa Devi Shrine and flagged off an ambulance donated by Summer Estate managing director Vinod Bagai to the Red Cross Society,Panchkula. This ambulance would be linked with 102 ambulance services of the state government.
Principal Secretary,Haryana Urban Local Bodies,P Raghavendra Rao,Mayor Panchkula Municipal Corporation,Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia,Deputy Commissioner-cum-chief administrator of Mansa Devi Shrine Board,Dr S S Phulia,Additional deputy commissioner,S P Arora were among those present on the occasion.