SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday launched the online 'Chhinmastika prasad' of the famous Hindu shrine Mata Chintpurni in Una district through video conference from Shimla.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the state to close all temples and religious shrines to prevent the spread of the virus.
He said although most of the shrines were providing online 'darshan' to the devotees but it was for the first time that the facility of providing 'prasad' to the devotees was launched in the state with the cooperation of India Post.
Thakur said the temples of the State drew lakhs of devotees particularly during the Shravan Ashtami festival but this time the temples have been closed.
He appreciated the efforts of the local administration in providing home delivery service of 'prasad bhog' to the devotees. (IANS)