JAIPUR: The ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari will be immersed in Pushkar’s historic Gau Ghat on August 23. The historic ghat which played host to the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi followed by several former PM like Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, , will be decorated in traditional style for the ritual.
The ashes will be brought to Jaipur on August 22 from Delhi and will be kept at BJP headquarter for the whole day. Arun Chaturvedi, minister of social justice and empowerment department, told TOI that three chariots are being made to ferry the ashes to three places—Pushkar Sarovar, Baneshwar Dham in Banswara and in Kota.
“The chariots will proceed for its designated places on August 23 morning. I will accompany them to Pushkar, while CM is expected to be at any one place,” said Chaturvedi.
Elaborate arrangements are being made in the holy city Pushkar. Pushkar Narayan Bhati, municipal counsellor, Pushkar municipality said that as per the direction the chief priest was informed about the development. “The rituals will be completed by the priest as per customs. The Ghat will be cleaned and decorated with flowers hours before the immersion,” said Bhati, who is also BJP president of Pushkar.
The ghat is witness to the immersion of the ashes of several national icons post-Independence. The ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were brought to Ajmer and kept at Daulat Bagh for people to pay last respect on February 9, 1948. From here his ashes were taken to Pushkar (15kms) in a procession and immersed before the dusk amid presence of a huge gathering. The ashes of former PMs like Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were immersed in boats due to scarcity of water in the sarovar. The boating is banned in the sarovar (except in emergency situations) from the past two decades.
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