This was an official visit to Pune University. Due to a confusion about Ashtami tithi, we landed up far from home on Ashtami. We told our hosts it was important to visit a Durga temple on Ashtami and perform puja. They told us that this temple is close to the University where we were staying and very revered. It is a long climb (stairs are there) to the temple and the queue moves very slow. The lady ahead of us in the queue very helpfully told me not to miss the idol, which is a little at the back. I followed her- we knew what to expect because the screen outside had visuals of the Goddess. I have kept the darshan ticket counterfoil, which tell me that She is Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswati, Amba and Chaturshungi mata. Who would have thought we would visit the supreme goddess in this form in Navratras on Ashtami? We were even able to worship the kanjaks (small girls) outside the temple.
By and large, the queue moves in an orderly fashion. Our hosts had told us to go early in the morning to avoid the rush, but we got delayed. We were told that the queue was longer in the morning, and by the time we came out, the queue had subsided.
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