Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Jan 14: The first Amavasya (dark moon phase) of the year is considered very auspicious. Prayers were organized on Wednesday at the Shanidev Mandir on Satyanarayan Mandir Road in Jugsalai under the supervision of chief priest Damodar Shani Baba. A team of priests led by Ashok Pandit conducted prayers and performed Hawan. The prayer rituals that commenced at 9 am continued till midday. Prayers were also offered to the nine planets (Nav Grah) to appease Shani Maharaj and the planetary rulers for eradication of coronavirus and success of the COVID vaccines. Prasad was distributed among the devotees. COVID protocols were maintained during the prayers.
In his address to devotees, Damodar Shani Baba asked them not to heed gossip but to adopt all safety norms thereby helping the administration to contain the pandemic.
The organizers included Mahant Damodar Shani Baba, Ashok Sharma, Amod Jha, Jayanti, Bhuvan Rani Hansda, Soni Sharma, Raju Mandal, Pankaj Jha, Dharmendra Sharma, Nandkishore Thakur, Manoj Puria and others.