The customary pujas and other associated activities of the temple were not performed, residents living in the neighbourhood said.

No responsible official of the temple trust was present in the premises. The temple building appeared to be largely unaffected while a concrete building nearby where a large quantity of fireworks was stored was destroyed after a horrific fire and explosion this morning.

Senior officials of the temple remain unreachable. This morning, the temple compound was filled with locals and others from nearby places who had come to see the disaster site. A large number of policemen were also posted at the site.

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