Baripada, Aug 16 (UNI) Raksha Bandhan, a bond of love between brothers and sisters, was celebrated in Baripada Circle jail today with the ''Brahmakumaris'' tying rakhis on the wrists of jail inmates so that they did not feel neglected.
All the 749 inmates were overwhelmed with joy after the Brahmakumaris visited the jail and tied the sacred strings on their wrists.
The Brahmakumaris were led by centre in charge B K Uma, B K Sagarika and B K Saraswati of the World Spiritual University, better known as ''Prajapita Brahma Kumari Iswariya Vishwa Vidyalaya''.
Senior Superintendent of the Baripada Circle Jail Sibadas Chand, said the gesture of the sisters (Brahmakumaris) had certainly lifted the spirits of the prisoners.
The sisters of the World Spiritual University also carried sweets prepared by them at the Ashram with them. They also wento to the Gopabandhu Blashram and Sriram Chandra Deaf and Dumb school to distribute sweets and bring happiness among its inmates.
Meanwhile, Baripada town wore a festive look with a large number of temporary shops set up for selling colourful rakhis (sacred strings).
The rakhi-sellers made brisk business this year by luring younger people with attractive and expensive rakhis.
It seems, that the younger generation felt that costlier the rakhi, the more affectionate would be the bond.
The Parijans (members) of the Gayatri Parivar Trust, Mayurbhanj chapter also observed the Raksha Bandhan festival at the Gayatri Peetha at Baripada through prayers invoking the blessings of Goddess Gayatri.
They also tied the sacred 'dori' (rakhi) on the wrists of their brothers and prayed for their long and trouble free lives.
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