Jamshedpur, July 24: Chief Minister Raghubar Das walked nearly 2 km in a ‘Jalabhishek Yatra’ and offered water to Shivling in Surya Dham Shiv Mandir in Sidhgora on the occasion of third Monday (Shravan Somwar ) in the ongoing holy month of Shravan on Monday.
In the morning Raghubar Das arrived at the Subarnrekha river bank and after collecting water he started the 2 km walk despite the incessant rain were party workers and devotees in large number joined him. He reached the Surya Dham Shiv Mandir and performed ‘Jalabhishek’ to offer his respects to Lord Shiva amid chants by the temple priests. For the third year in succession, Das dressed in saffron T-shirt and white pant took part in the yatra on the auspicious occasion of Shravan.
The CM was flanked by his son Lalit Das, Brother Moolchand Sahu, personal secretary Rakesh Kumar Choudhary along with Shiv devotees in large numbers carrying water were seen walking in the rain. Women devotees also performed Jalabhishek.
The ‘Jalabhishek Yatra’ started from Baridih Subarnrekha River which concluded after offering ‘jal abhishek’ at the Shivalaya.
On the occasion chief minister along with thousands of devotees walked 2 km in the incessant rain to perform ‘Jalabhishek’ and enjoy the holy month of Shravan. Tight security arrangements were in place as CM’s body guards were seen on the both sides of the road to avoid any untoward incident.
After offering ‘jal abhishek’, Raghubar Das speaking to media said that he prayed for the welfare of the State and Lord Shankar should give me strength so that I can serve the 3.5 crore people of Jharkhand with full dedication and honesty.
The chief minister left for Ranchi by road and later for New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Ram Nath Kovind as the 14th President of India on July 25. The President-elect invited Das to attend the programme when the chief minister spoke to him on phone.