Jaisalmer: CM Raje to offer prayers at Tanot temple


Jaisalmer: In the wake of surgical strike by the Indian Army in Uri sector of J&K and the tense situation in border areas of the country, chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday will offer prayers at the Tanot Mata temple in Jaisalmer. A special prayer will be offered to boost the morale of the Army and BSF jawans deployed at the border. 

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The prayer will also be for the safety of people residing in the border areas. "'Rastra Raksha Yagya' and other rituals, including recital of Durga Saptashati, will be performed on Thursday evening to seek blessings for Indian soldiers," said Jaya Dave, chairperson of the Rajasthan Sanskrit Academy, which is organising the yajna. A vedic recital by 21 priests will also be held.

"A special yajna will be organised for the Army, BSF and residents of many villages in Jaisalmer, Barmer, Sri Ganganagar and Bikaner located on the Indo-Pak border," a release from the CMO said. Situated about 130 km from Jaisalmer, the Tanot Mata temple sees thousands of devotees every year. Its museum has a collection of unexploded bombs thrown by Pakistani Army during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

Raje will visit the temple by helicopter. Her visit comes a day ahead of Union home minister Rajnath Singh's visit here. The home minister is slated to hold a meeting with four chief ministers of the border states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, J&K and Punjab. DGPs of these states, BSF officers and border management officers will also take part the meeting.

After the meeting, Singh will visit BSF border outposts adjoining Pakistan and take stock of the security. Central Border Security Force DG K K Sharma and Union home secretary have started preparations for the meet. BSF sector north DIG Amit Lodha will accompany Rajnath Singh to BSF border outposts in Shahgarh Bulge area.

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