Fatehgarh Churian, March 25
Notwithstanding the surge in COVID-19 circumstances, a number of devotees with out face masks and never adhering to social distancing norms converged to pay obeisance to Baba Rode Shah shrine in Punjab’s Amritsar district and supplied liquor bottles to search his blessings.
The uncommon honest, being held for the final 90 years, ended on Wednesday in Bhoma village, located on the Amritsar-Fatehgarh Churian Road.
A relative of Baba and sarpanch of Bhoma, Gurnek Singh, who manages the shrine, stated Baba used to accumulate liquor in a vessel and offer it to his devotees, however he himself by no means drank.
Though liquor is obtainable at the shrine all year long, the providing will increase in the course of the honest.
“It is a gathering of animated devotees who thronged the samadhi of Baba Rode Shah, clutching bottles of liquor as choices for grant of a boon,” stated Gursewak Singh of identical village.
Earlier, the primary day of the honest was reserved for male devotees whereas the second day was for ladies, however with the passing of time, each women and men offer liquor to the ‘samadhi’ at the identical time.
During the course of the honest, it’s fairly widespread to see devotees making their means to the ‘samadhi’ with the bottles and different containers filled with liquor which is obtainable at the shrine. It is then distributed among the many devotees, female and male, who drink the liquor as ‘prasad’.
The uniqueness of this shrine is that solely liquor is accepted as choices from the devotees. The devotees scramble to attain the shrine the place liquor is distributed in glasses.
The Baba, who belonged to Dhawaan village in Gurdaspur district, left his household and settled in Bhoma in 1896. According to the legend, the Baba, who grew to become a saint, was as soon as approached by a farmer of the identical village as he was childless regardless of being married for a couple of years. With the blessings of the saint, a male youngster was born to the couple, who supplied Rs 500 to the saint for his blessings. But the saint refused to settle for the cash and requested the couple to buy a bottle of liquor and offer it as parshad to his devotees.
The Baba died in 1924. Since then, a honest is held in his reminiscence yearly and folks from Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh go to the shrine to search his blessings by providing and getting liquor as ‘prasad’. PTI