Yuva Sai Sagar

Online news channel!

Tag: offerings

Builder buys 1 kg gold for Rs 31.35 lakh at Lalbaugcha Raja auction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chetan Joshi, a builder by profession, bought the most expensive article offered by a devotee to Lalbaugcha Raja this year. He bid the one kg gold biscuit for Rs 31.35 lakh. After its purchase, the total auction amount at Lalbaugcha Raja this year stood at Rs 97,96,500.”In 2016, the auction amount stood at Rs 1.5 crore, collected from over 225 articles of which the total weight of gold was 5 kg, and that of silver was 80 kg,” said Mahesh Jadhav, treasurer of the mandal.This year, there were 125 articles offered, which mandal officials said probably fell due to the rains. Only 82 were auctioned. Of these, the total gold weighed 5.5 kg, while silver weighed 75 kg. Besides the one kilogram gold brick, there were two gold idols of Lord Ganpati and Goddess Lakshmi collectively weighing over 1.1kg. The Ganpati weighing .587 kg was bid at Rs 15.60 lakh, while the Lakshmi idol weighing .517 kg was bid for Rs 15.60 lakh. There were also two gold chains around .250 kg. Offerings this year also saw notes banned from circulation post demonitisation. They stood at Rs 1.30 lakh. Articles not auctioned due to lack of time, mandal organisers say will be auctioned on Monday amongst themselves, said Jadhav.Sudhir Salvi, secretary of Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshutsav Mandal said, “We will ask our chartered accountant what to do with these (banned) notes. The decision will be taken tomorrow.”Those present said the crowd that comes for auction was less compared to previous years. This is despite the fact that the auction was for one day, as compared to more than one day earlier. Members of the Samiti said it was due to demonitisation.However, that was in no way an indicator of the enthusiasm of devotees participating in the auction. “I have been coming every year for the last six years. I feel that whatever I am taking from here is prasad of the Lord,” said Jyoti Bhaktha, who purchased a 12 gram gold chain for Rs 50,000.While she purchased just one article, some others purchased multiple ones. Rahul Upadhyay was one who did. After purchasibg a gold chain, he purchased a silver-plated sword. “I have been coming here for the past 10 years.It is god’s blessings that I take home with me,” said Upadhyay.Those like Dimple Thakkar, who had come to buy a house, missed out on it. “Someone bid for the house higher than I did. Since I had come for first time, I took 10g modaks as prasad from him,’ said Dimple Thakkar. “I now want them to put up more gold modak’s for auction as my mother and brother also want them,” she added.Auction 2017Members of the samiti said that due to demonitisation, the crowd was less compared to the previous year, which saw 225 articles auctionedArticles not auctioned due to lack of time, mandal organisers say will be auctioned on Monday among themselves, said Jadhav

In Gorakhpur hospital, a peepal tree that offers solace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some hospitals have formal temples, others small shrines tucked away in corners, but the focus of attention for families desperately seeking succour at the BRD Medical College here is a peepal tree that sprouted just a year ago. The tree, which germinated on a banyan tree in the complex of the hospital — catapulted to national headlines with reports of nearly 70 children dying since August 7 — has been dubbed Brahma Baba, say locals. It is an oasis of hope for those who bring their loved ones for treatment to the state-run hospital, dealing with cases of death and disease every day. Faith and the need to believe in some form of divine intervention have spawned many stories about the tree, considered auspicious in Hinduism. According to canteen workers at the hospital, the tree sprouted on its own about a year ago, instilling seeds of hope. Located a few metres from the canteen, families have left janeyus (sacred thread) and khadaus (wooden slippers) there. Earthen diyas, incense sticks and camphor are the other telltale signs of prayers at the site. “Peepal is a tree associated with gods and divinity. From a little sapling, today we can see it growing into a tree,” said Suresh Tiwari, who works in the canteen. There has been a surge in offerings over the year, the 55-year-old added. Offerings can range between two or three per day to 10- 15,” he said. In the past year, more than 5,000 janeus and khadaus have been donated as offerings by kin of patients who have recovered from their ailments, Tiwari said. It’s all about faith, said Basudeo Chaudhary, a priest at a temple a short distance away from the BRD Medical College. “Families and patients from economically weaker sections of society have a special regard for the tree. They consider it a saviour of life,” said the 61-year-old. There is something special about the tree, added Vijender Yadav, another worker at the canteen. Once evening sets in, earthen lamps are lit, reminding people that they are barely hours away from another dawn, Yadav said. Amongst those who believe that benediction from the tree has saved lives is Prabhu Kumar, a resident of Kushinagar district. “My four-year-old niece Ragini was admitted here in July, and was hospitalised for almost 18 days after she complained of encephalitis-like symptoms. However, luck smiled on us and, thanks to divine intervention, it was not encephalitis,” said the 22-year-old. “In keeping in with tradition, today I offered incense sticks and camphor to the peepal tree thanking it for my niece being discharged from hospital,” he said. The high number of deaths of children in the hospital found mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech yesterday. “A few days back, at a hospital, our innocent children died. In this entire time of distress and sadness, sympathies of 125 crore people of the country are with them,” he said. He also tweeted, “People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters & the tragedy in Gorakhpur.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

© 2021 Yuva Sai Sagar. Theme by Anders Norén.