1,000 senior citizens to embark on free pilgrimage

January 9, 2013 by  
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The Chhattisgarh government has come out with the district-wise number of senior citizens chosen to take up the pilgrimage.

1,000 senior citizens to embark on free pilgrimageRaipur, January 06, 2013: Around 1,000 senior citizens in Chhattisgarh will take up the once-in-a-lifetime free pilgrimage across the country, including the Velankanni church, from Jan. 15.

The state government has come out with the district-wise number of senior citizens chosen to take up the pilgrimage.

The annual pilgrimage is being organised under the ‘Chief Minister Pilgrimage Scheme’ as per the government decision, according to an official statement issued in Raipur.

The Social Welfare Department had already issued a directive to the district collectors for implementation of the scheme with the pilgrim groups and boarding stations earmarked for the group travel.

As per the itinerary, a group had been created for the districts of Raipur and Balodabazar which comprise 653 and 347 travelers respectively.

The pilgrims will depart from Raipur on January 15 for a four-day tour circuit of Shirdi-Shanishignapur-Triyambhakeshwar.

Similarly, the group comprising travellers from Mahasamund (414), Gariyaband (246) and Dhamtari (340) will board the train from Raipur on Jan. 20 for the four-day circuit.

The pilgrim group for the seven-day tour circuit-Tirupati-Madurai-Rameshwaram comprising 89 travelers from Narayanpur, Kondagaon (379), Kanker (532) will board from Jagdalpur Station on Jan. 25.

On the other hand for a seven-day trip to Dwarka-Somnath-Nageshwar, the pilgrims from Durg (571), Bemtara (188) and Balod (241) will board from Durg Station on Feb. 2.

Pilgrims of all districts would travel together for tour circuit Amritsar Golden Temple, Ajmer Sharif, Fatehpur (Tomb of Saint Chisti), Velankanni Church, Nagapattanam (Tamilnadu).

The Amritsar Golden temple trip would commence on March 17 comprising pilgrims from all 27 districts.

Similarly, a six-day circuit of Ajmer Sharif and Fatehpur on March 24 and seven-day tour of Velankanni Church on March 30.

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