The Telegraph
Tuesday , July 15 , 2014
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Easing pilgrims’ progress to Deoghar

- Bagbera samiti will sponsor dozen devotees to Baidyanath Dham

The auspicious Shravan month having started on Sunday, thousands of Shiva devotees in Jamshedpur have either left or are preparing to go straight to Baidyanath Dham — Babadham as it is popularly called — in Deoghar to pay their obeisance to the cosmic lord.

And helping a few of them reach this divine destination for free is Bagbera Mahanagar Vikas Samiti.

The welfare association will this season send 12 deserving yet economically weak devotees or kanwariyas to offer prayers at the Baidyanath Dham, one of India’s 12 jyotirlingams.

For each chosen kanwariya, the outfit will sponsor the train fares to and fro of the journey as well as food and other expenses on the way.

“Our budget allows sponsoring only 12 persons this Shrawan to visit Baidyanath Dham in Deoghar,” said Subodh Jha, a Samiti member. “Our outfit offer free tours to Baidyanath Dham for needy pilgrims every month but Shrawan is truly special,” he added. Twenty-five members of the outfit deposit Rs 200 each every month to facilitate the pilgrimage of religious-minded yet economically weak persons to Deoghar.

“This has been our custom in the organisation since 2007. It is one of our contributions to society. The spiritual satisfaction that we get from the exercise we get is enough,” Jha added.

The organisation has a registration of about 100 people who have been helped by the social service outfit at one time or another. They can also come to the Samiti if they want to go to Deoghar. But anyone can approach the Samiti citing their willingness to go to the pilgrimage and lack of money to do so.

Around the holy month of Shravan, pilgrims usually target Mondays at Baidyanath Dham. Deoghar is located 7km from Jasidih station. Trains apart, passenger buses and cars are other preferred modes of travel for Jamshedpur pilgrims.