People in large numbers join the “Durga Mata Daud” (run) expressing solidarity with each other and wishing a strong and better future for the younger generation. The run is organized annually by the Shri Shiv Prathisthan Hindusthan. The run is being organized for the past 20 years, in the initial couple of years the response was quite meager and now about 30,000 people participate as the run culminates on Dasara day.
The run is part of the Navaratri celebrations in which people from all walks of life, including children and the aged, participate with the single objective of expressing solidarity with and inspiring the youth to lead a healthy life free from intoxication and other evils of society. The run is also aimed at inculcating patriotic and brotherhood feelings and motivating the youth to work for building a strong nation, both economically and culturally. Children garbed in the colorful costumes of Shivaji and his mother, Jijabai, and soldiers lead the run in a chariot.
2014 Durga Mata Daud route:
25 September Thursday – Shivaji Garden, Phule road, SPM Road, Shastri Nagar, Mahadwar road will end at Kapileshwar Temple
26 September Friday – Ganesh Mandir Chennamma Circle, Khadak Galli, RTO to Durga Mata Mandir Fort
27 September Saturday – Shivaji Colony Tilakwadi, Maratha Colony, Deshmukh road, Harimandir, to Mahalaxmi Mandir Angol
28 September Sunday – Amba Mata Mandir Shahpur to Basveshwar Circle
29 September Monday – Shivteerth to Dharmaveer Sambhaji Circle, Camp, Maruti Mandir Sanyukta Maharashtra Circle
30 September Tuesday – Durga Mata Mandir Khasbag, Nath Pai Circle, old Belgaum to Mangai Mandir
1 October Wednesday – Basvanna Mandir Nehru Nagar to Jotiba Mandir Shiv Basav Nagar
2 October Thursday – Somnath Mandir Tahshildar Galli to Shani Mandir