Orissa: Youth on mission for his blind mother
Puri, May 18: The heartrending scene of a son carrying his blind mother on shoulders along the Badadanda (grand road) in this holy city with a mission to visit all religious places including the four ''Dhams'' reminds the legendary story of Shravan Kumar who did it for his old blind parents.
Kailash Giri (35), a youth of Jabalpur began his journey to fulfil the desire of his octogenarian mother to visit all the holy places of the country.
Being poor and with no resources to travel other than his own two legs, Kailash began the journey carrying his mother, Kirti Devi, on his shoulders.
Talking to media after visiting Lord Jagannath temple, Kailash said he undertook the task some eleven years ago and till date, visited almost all the shrines of South India. ''I am delighted that I could make this pilgrimage, one of the four Dhams of the Hindu faith.'' said Kailash, who arrived at this Gundicha temple on Wednesday evening.
After a night's halt, he moved to offer prayers to Lord Jagannath. The mother-son duo was accorded a warm reception by the priests and the Pandas of the temple.
Later, Kailash took his mother to Mahodadhi tirth, a stretch of Puri sea from Swargdwar to Chakratirth, for a holy dip.
They visited the Swarg Dwar (crematorium considered as the gateway to heaven) and decided to spend a couple of days before leaving for Dwarika and Badrinath.
Both Kailash and his mother said they had no plans to return to their native place at the moment, saying they had little property to eke out their living for long.