991 pilgrims go on religious pilgrimage: Rameshwaram will reach on October 2, dinner tea arrangements
As part of the Varishtha Teerthjan Yatra program, the first group of 1000 pilgrims today departed from Durgapura Railway Station in Jaipur. Their relatives and relatives who accompanied these pilgrims bade them farewell at the station by playing drums, shehnais and flowers. The train was flagged down by Devasthan Department Minister Shakuntala Rawat and a little girl. In this first batch leaving today, all these passengers will reach Rameshwaram (Madurai) on October 2, where they will be taken back to Jaipur by this train after having darshan.
Minister Rawat said this is the first time after Covid that a free pilgrimage has been made by the government to the elderly. He said that it is every person’s dream that after fulfilling all his responsibilities, he should make the pilgrimage, but due to the bad financial situation, it remains only a dream for many people. Today, the Gehlot government has realized this dream of such people. He said there will be no greater virtuous work for us than what we are going to do today.
He said that in the first batch, 1181 passengers were selected through the lottery, which was due to leave today, but only 991 passengers gave their consent to go on the pilgrimage. He said that this train will now take pilgrims from Sawai Madhopur and Baran districts and depart.
Minister Rawat said we have made full arrangements for the comfort of these passengers. For the convenience of passengers, unarmed security personnel and housekeeping staff will be kept in each car on the train. In the event of a medical emergency, a team of male and female doctors and nurses were deployed on the train. Each passenger received a kit, in which sheets, blankets, towels, soap, toothpaste, mirror, comb and oil are available. Apart from this, breakfast tea, lunch, evening tea and dinner will also be provided here. Upon arrival at the shrine, breakfast and food will also be provided in hotel rooms and in time on a sharing basis for the passengers’ stay.
Due to Kovid, the pilgrimage program has not been able to operate for the past 2 years. When the government announced the budget this year, a large number of people applied. The government had announced this year to take 20,000 passengers to the country and Nepal and for those 20,000 seats, about 1.25 lakh people applied for the trip. The number of passengers was decided in proportion to the population of the districts and a lottery of these applications was drawn at the district level.
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