Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray along with his family and Mayor of Mumbai Kishori Pednekar visits Mumba Devi Temple on the first day of the 'Navratri' festival, in Mumbai on Thursday, Maharashtra, Oct 7, 2021. Image Credit: ANI

Mumbai: Hundreds of thousands of devotees from all religions thronged places of worship which were thrown open on Thursday after nearly six months in Maharashtra, as the threat of a COVID-19 third wave appeared to have receded, officials said.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, along with his wife Rashmi and son Aditya who is Tourism Minister, went to pray at the famed Mumbadevi Temple in south Mumbai, of the deity from whom the city gets is name.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, along with Nationalist Congress Party state President and Minister Jayant Patil, prayed at the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Temple in Prabhadevi.

A man prays as other devotees wait to enter a temple after it was reopened for the public, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, October 7, 2021. Image Credit: REUTERS

Other ministers joined celebrities and commoners at different places of worship, with the fragrance of sandalwood and incense emanating from there.

All places of worship like ISKCON temples at Chowpatty and Juhu, the Haji Ali Mausoleum in Worli, the Mount Mary Church in Bandra also attracted thousands for the first prayers after a long bout of closure.

Police officers stop devotees from entering a temple after it was reopened for the public, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai, India October 7, 2021. Image Credit: REUTERS

Similar crowds were witnessed at the Shri Saibaba Temple in Shirdi and the Shaneshwar Temple in Shanishingnapur, both in Ahmednagar, the famous Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib gurudwara in Nanded, the Ashthavinayak Temple, the Mahalaxmi Temple, Haji Malang Dargah, the Trimbakeshwar Temple and Saptashringi Temple in Nashik, Jivdani Temple in Palghar, Jejuri Temple in Pune, Godiji Parshwanath Jain Temple in Mumbai and more.

The opening up of worship places gave a fillip to the local economy with thousands of vendors selling pooja items, flowers, garlands and religious books.