Ambala:The postal department of Haryana has started Gangotri Ganga Jal Sewa in view of the corona pandemic to provide pure Ganga river water to the devotees at the time of Shiv Ratri to be held in the Shravan month, officials announced.
Now the devotees need not go to Gangotri or Haridwar to fetch Gangajal for offering to God Shiva. Encouraged by the response from the devotees to purchase Gangajal at the counters opened by the department last year, the department has started the service this year in a big way.
The Haryana Circle Chief Post Master General Ranju Prasad said that the devotees would have the facility to purchase Gangajal at the counters opened at each post office in Haryana. She said that the devotees will have this facility at their doorstep for which earlier they had to undertake long journey to Gangotri or Haridwar. Many of them could not go on pilgrimage for want of money. Now the service has been started by opening counters at every post office in the state. She said that 250 ML bottle of Gangajal would b available at Rs 30. She disclosed that last year 25,000 bottles were sold and the department proposes to sell 35,000 to 40,000 bottles this year.
The CPMG Ranju said that the service had already been started and the devotees could get the Gangajal bottles from the counters opened at the famous Shiva Mandirs in the whole of the state. The department proposes to open more than 100 counters in the twin cities of Ambala and other temples. She hoped that the department would get good response in view of the prevailing Covid- 19 pandemic due to which the devotees are hesitant to go on long pilgrimages that too on foot to fetch sacred water.(UNI)