The prayer programme began with a one-minute silence in remembrance of all those who have died due to the pandemic.
An interfaith prayer to seek divine healing and protection from the novel coronavirus was held on Monday at the Western gate of the sacred Kangla in Imphal. Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh along with MPs, MLAs and ministers also took part in the prayer session.
Archbishop Most Rev. Dominic Lumon and priests from Shree Shree Govindaji Temple Board, All Manipur Christian Organisation, Jamiat-Ul-Ulema, Lainingthou Sanamahi Temple Board, Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak, Giani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Shree Digambar Jain Samaj and Kabui Poupei Chapriak Fom prayed to the Almighty for healing and protection of the state and the world from COVID-19.
Speaking at the occasion, CM Biren said that people usually pray to the Almighty for His blessings when they go through hard times as it gives them mental peace and hope. Stating that the world has been badly affected by the pandemic and Manipur is no exception, CM Biren said that the total number of deaths in the state is now over 800 and the number of active cases has also already crossed 9000 mark. As such, the chief minister said that he felt the necessity of an interfaith prayer for all religions as it would bring unity and oneness amongst different communities to jointly fight the pandemic with spiritual strength.
Forest, Environment and Climate Change minister Awangbow Newmai, Education minister S. Rajen, TA and Hills minister Vungzagin Valte, CAF and PD minister Th. Satyabrata, MPs Maharaj Sanajaoba Leishemba, Dr. RK Ranjan and different MLAs also took part in the prayer session organised with strict adherence to SoPs of COVID-19. The prayer programme began with a one-minute silence in remembrance of all those who have died due to the pandemic.