India, July 12 -- After a break from tradition last year, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will on Friday conduct the ceremonial puja of Lord Vitthal at Pandharpur temple with his wife Amruta.

As part of a long-standing tradition on 'Ashadhi Ekadashi', the CM, on behalf of the entire state, offers prayers at the temple dedicated to Lord Vitthal and Rukmini at Pandharpur in Solapur district, around 250km from Pune.

Last year, Fadnavis was forced to stay away from the puja after Maratha agitators threatened to disrupt the procession or 'wari' if he held the puja. The CM had then revealed there were intelligence reports that agitators were planning to create "stampede-like condition" in the procession of lakhs of devotees by releasing snak...