Coco-not

After Siddhivinayak Temple administration requested the devotees not to bring coconuts and huge garlands to offer at the temple, a majority adhered to the directive when they arrived early morning.

The temple is visited by over 2 lakh devotees every Tuesday. Devotees, who were unaware of the directives were asked to leave the coconuts near the security check post at the gate and collect it once they were through with the ‘darshan’.

Despite the ban, vendors were seen selling coconuts on the roads leading to the temple.

An elderly lady said, “At this rate, some day we will be asked to keep a photograph of lord Ganesha at home and pray. Why should they ban offerings like coconut?”

The administration had put a ban on these items due to the terror threats to the temple. The ban came after a review of the security measures by the zonal DCP. The police felt that sealed coconut could be used as potential weapons.

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