Bhubaneswar: The ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be immersed in major sacred rivers in Odisha. As per the decision by BJP’s central leadership, party leaders from Odisha will receive the urn carrying the ashes from party president Amit Shah in New Delhi.
The urn will be kept for public darshan at the party State headquarters. Later, the ashes will be immersed in the rivers including Mahanadi, Baitarani, Brahmani and Rushikulya in phases.
During the period, prayer meetings would take place in district headquarters and panchayats, said BJP national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav.
The urn carrying the ashes was brought by Union Minister Jual Oram to his residence in New Delhi on Sunday. As Shah was busy in immersion ceremony at Haridwar, the ‘asthi kalash’ could not reach Oram’s residence.
Notably, the ashes will be immersed in 100 sacred rivers across the country including in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Punjab and Telangana.