The first Koradi Cultural and Tourism Mahotsav at Shree Jagdamba Temple premises, Koradi concluded on a high note on October 10, 2016. The four-day festival was attended by thousands of devotees, political bigwigs and film stars.
While Minister of Energy, New and Renewable Energy and MLA from Koradi, Chandrashekhar Bawankule played the perfect host at the festival, also present over four days were Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping – Nitin Gadkari, Member of Parliament – Krupal Tumane, Minister of Tourism and Employee Guarantee Scheme – Jayakumar Rawal and former MLA from Ramtek – Ashish Jaiswal. Films stars Gulshan Grover, Juhi Chawla, Nishigandha Wad, Manoj Tiwari and Vivek Oberoi were the celebrities who visited the festival during four days and performed the ‘Maha aarti.’
Speaking about the festival, Chandrashekhar Bawankule told Nation Next, “Such tourism festivals are necessary as they can not only give a boost to tourism in the region but can also create a lot of employment. I’m thankful to all the devotees for coming here and I really wish that they prosper in their lives.” Nitin Gadkari, who was the chief guest on the last day, was impressed with the way the festival was organised. Showering his praises on the organisers, he said, “Koradi hamare yaha aastha or shraddha ka sthaan hai and more than one lac devotees from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh visit Koradi during Navratri to take blessings from Goddess Durga. It’s really great to see that Chandrashekhar Bawankule has made sure that this Mahaotsav gets organised beautifully.”
The ‘badman’ of Bollywood Gulshan Grover who himself was observing a fast for Navratri was present at the first day of the festival to perform the ‘Maha aarti’. It was a treat for the devotees when Gulshan Grover recited some of his famous dialogues for them. Needless to say, they all whistled and cheered after that!
Actresses Juhi Chawla and Nishiganda Wad were also given a warm welcome when they arrived to perform the ‘Maha aarti’ on the third day. Juhi, who looked stunning in her yellow outfit, confessed that it was great to be present at the festival.
Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi and Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari were present on the last day for performing the ‘Maha aarti’. Vivek whose flight had got delayed arrived a bit late at the occasion. Vivek while speaking to devotees urged them to pray for the soldiers. He said, “The nine days of Navratri are all about happiness and celebrations. While we all are enjoying these celebrations with our loved ones, there are soldiers who are far away from their families and protecting our country. I request everyone here to pray for our soldiers and their well being.”
Photos by: Darshan Bagwe and Kartik Thakur