SuMo inaugurates Pitrapaksha Mela, Manjhi flays govt on the occasion
Patna,(BiharTimes): The fortnight long Pitrapaksha Mela was inaugurated by deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday. But the function was somewhat marred by the criticism of the state government by former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi.
More than a quarter million Hindu males along with their spouses from across the country and abroad are expected to perform the rituals conducted exclusively by nearly 100 families of Gayawal Pandas belonging to 14 different gotras (clans).
The ritual is performed to facilitate salvation of ancestral souls by male descendants.
Sushil Modi said ‘pindaan’ or Gaya ‘shradh’ was a very important part of the Hindu belief system and every good Hindu is supposed to perform the rituals in his lifetime to repay ancestral debt.
He assured resource crunch would not come in the way of better management.
On this occasion he said of the Rs 200 crore sanctioned by the Centre for the proposed Buddhist Circuit, Rs 50 crore would be spent on developmental activities in Bodh Gaya.
Incidentally, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, a native of Gaya, chose the occasion to criticise the state government for failing to build a low height barrage over the Falgu river to solve the perennial water problem of the town.
He said his premature departure from the post of chief minister led to the abrupt halt of the project.
Manjhi claimed that had he continued as CM for another two months, the Falgu barrage would have been a reality.
Gaya MLA and agriculture minister Prem Kumar, however, highlighted the steps taken by him to improve infrastructure and provide amenities to the pilgrims visiting ‘Mokshdham’.