Saturday, June 27, 2009

NRIs can offer 'pindadaan' online

PATNA: The Bihar government has decided to introduce video-conferencing facility for NRIs to offer "pindadaan" for salvation of their ancestral

Lakhs of Hindus from across the country and abroad descend on Gaya town in the state during "Pitripaksha" (father's fortnight) every year to offer "pindadaan" for their dead ancestors as it is believed to ensure salvation of the souls. "Pitripaksha" this year begins on September 3.

The video-conferencing facility can be availed of by paying a fee through credit card. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting presided over by deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and attended by, among others, tourism minister Ramprawesh Rai.

Modi said a 35-room hotel of the tourism department, Vishnu Vihar, has become operational at Gaya from this year. Cottages would also be available at Gaya during the fortnight-long "Pitripaksha" fair. "Around eight lakh pilgrims are expected to arrive to offer `pindadaan'," he said.

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