Surat (Gujarat): The Department of Posts is making special preparations for selling water of the holy Ganga river from Haridwar and Gangotri to the devotees of Lord Shiva during the holy month of Shravan. Shravan has begun in North India from 28 July, while in Gujarat and Maharashtra it would begin from 12 August. The devotees perform ‘abhishek’ with Ganga Jal. The Department of Posts has been selling the Ganga Jal through post office but the sales are dull in the absence of any publicity. Now, the department will be selling the Ganga Jal in temples.
Rs 35 for 500 ml bottle
A 200 ml bottle of Gangotri costs Rs 25, while 500 ml bottle is available for Rs 35. Similarly Ganga Jal from Rishikesh is available in bottles of 200 and 500 ml at Rs 15 and 22 respectively.
To be sold from temples
The sale of Ganga Jal from post offices is nothing to write home about. Only 150 bottles were sold from Nanpura post office in the city over the past seven months. The department now plans to sell Ganga Jal at famous Shiva temples, which are visited by a large number of devotees.
Anil Kumar, head postmaster of Nanpura Head Office, said we have Ganga Jal of Rishikesh and Gangotri and the department is procuring 2,000 bottles for sale during the month of Sawan.