'Puja' at Ram Nath Kovind's ancestral village in UP

Puja at Ram Nath Kovinds ancestral village in UP

Kanpur Dehat, UP: 'Havan' and 'puja' are underway at the native Paraukh village of NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind since last evening, as the villagers wait with bated breath the announcement of the poll result tomorrow. Voting for the Presidential poll was held on July 17 and the counting of votes will take place in New Delhi as Kovind is in direct contest against joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar. Even as Kovind's family members and relatives were away in New Delhi, the villagers expressed happiness in their own way. Elderlies were holding 'puja' and 'anusthan' at Pathri Devi temple for the success of the 'son' of their village. On the poling day the villagers were in upbeat mood as youngsters danced on the beats of 'dholak' synchronised with melodious tunes of harmonium and voice of folk artistes by squatting in front of Kovind's ancestral house in the village. 'We have been praying to the Almighty for Kovindji's victory. We are sure that he will head the nation. It will be a great achievement for him and a proud moment for all of us," said Jaswant Singh, a childhood friend of Kovind and a local of Paraukh village. It is expected that Mr Kovind will visit Paraukh soon after his victory. "We have planned a grand welcome for him. A grand ceremony will be organised to felicitate him on his success", said Anil Kumar, Kovind's nephew. 'We will raise a grand welcome gate at the village entrance. He will be welcomed with great fanfare. Not only people of Paraukh, but everyone in the region is happy about his expected entry in the Rashtrapati Bhawan", said Savitri , another villager said. There has been non-stop celebration in our village since June 19 as feast. Almost every day the villagers are seen feasting and dancing", said Suresh, native of Paraukh village. Kovind's sister-in-law Vidhyawati, who stays in Jhinjhak area of Kanpur Dehat, had thanked God, when her brother-in-law, was sworn-in as governor of Bihar. Little did she realise that he would soon be on the country's top position. "I have been praying to God since he was nominated for the country's top post. I am sure, Kovindji will win with a comfortable margin," said Vidhyawati. Many villagers have even booked taxis and buses for going to Delhi to meet Kovind in person after results are declared. The scene was same in the adjoining Kanpur industrial city where enthusiastic people were organising a 24-hour long 'hawan' at Vaibhav Lakshmi Mata temple. "We are organising a 24-hour long special puja and 'hawan' here for the health and success of Ram Nath Kovindji," said Anup Kapoor, priest of Vaibhav Lakshmi Mata temple.

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