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Online puja

Cooch Behar, March 11: Worshippers need not travel to the famous Madan Mohan Temple in Cooch Behar to offer pujas as the authorities have decided to introduce an online system for the offerings.

The Debottar Trust Board, a wing of the district administration that looks after places of religious worship dating back to the erstwhile Cooch Behar princes’ time, would introduce the online system after the Lok Sabha polls.

Bikash Saha, subdivisional officer (headquarters) and a member of the trust board, said the administration was in talks with a bank. “We would use the bank’s website to start the online facility. The trials have been successful. We would launch the facility after the Lok Sabha polls,” he said.

Madan Mohan Temple in the heart of Cooch Behar town was constructed by Maharaja Nripendra Narayan in 1889.

Those who want to offer puja can fill up a form stating their names, age and gotras. “Once the pranami (donation) is received, the priests would perform the puja at an opportune moment on behalf of the devotee . The puja would be recorded and a copy would be sent to the worshipper’s email address. We would also mail packets of dry prasad to the worshippers. Payments can be made in dollars, pounds and Euros also,” Saha said.